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Title: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 09, 2015, 02:20:01 PM

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Team Information
City: Rapid City, SD
Conference:  Western
Division: North
Team Owner: Bobby Burns
Team Secretary: Ashley Smolders


Official Colors:

Crimson (#990000)
Orange (#D64309)

Team History:
Bobby Burns is a famed TV show host from the hit TV game show "Burning Money." Burns retired from the game show world last year but instead of taking his big money and retiring on a Caribbean island, he would instead start his own HIFL franchise and use his money to fuel South Dakota's first professional football team.

The Inferno are named after their owner's trail blazing history as the first billionaire game show host, now the team looks to heat up the Western Conference with blazing speed. 

The team is looking for a GM who can attract fans to the Rapid City brand and the team wants to do it with a high profile offense.

Season 6: 10-6 [GM Gates]
Season 7: 9-7 [GM Gates]
Season 8: 13-3 [GM Gates]
Season 9: 14-2 [GM Gates]
Season 10: 9-7-0 [GM Gates]


Playoff Appearances:
Season 6: (Conference Semi Finals)
Season 8: (Impact Bowl VIII Champions)
Season 9: (Impact Bowl 9 Champions)
Season 10:





RETIRED NUMBERS:
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 09, 2015, 04:23:06 PM
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Hello and Welcome, I am your owner Bobby Burns and it's time to Burn Bobby's Money!

That's right, I'm looking for one lucky GM who can come in, take over, spend my money, and bring fans, championships, and success to this great city. 

Are you that lucky man or woman?  Come on down and try your luck!

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 09, 2015, 04:23:11 PM
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Hello, my name is  Ashley Smolders, I am the secretary here in Rapid City.  If you are interested in applying for the General Manager position here, please post your application and any other comments here.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 15, 2015, 09:21:07 AM
Good day! My name is C.J. Gates and I am interested in applying for the General Manager position here in Rapid City. I've lived my life by the motto of "go big or go home" and am looking to bring that same mentality to the HIFL.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 15, 2015, 07:44:07 PM
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Welcome Welcome C.J. We are happy to have you as a contestant here on Burn Bobby's Money! Tell me something exciting about yourself while we wait for a few more lucky contestants! 

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 15, 2015, 09:02:00 PM
Glad to be here, Mr. Burns.

As for me, well I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie and I enjoy defying gravity. Bungee jumping, sky diving, base jumping, I've done it all and I would do it all again. But don't worry, that wouldn't keep me from doing my job as a GM. To me, it's just another exciting adventure to embark upon.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 15, 2015, 09:12:20 PM
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Well that is WONDERFUL!  Wow, a daredevil in our midst everyone!

BOB LISTENS TO THE STUDIO AUDIENCE APPLAUSE TRACK

That's an exciting life C.J. ...Tell me this, what do you think you could bring to a football team like ours?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 15, 2015, 09:21:27 PM
Well, Mr. Burns, personally I would bring my positive, winning attitude and my high risk nature to put together a great team here in Rapid City. What kind of team, you ask?Well, I always enjoy watching teams that put up crazy amounts of points on a weekly basis and that is what I want to bring to the Inferno. A blazing offense that will leave our opponents burnt and our fans in a frenzy. That doesn't mean I would neglect the defense - after all you need to stop the other team from scoring more points - I just might take those high risks needed to get some premiere offensive players.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 15, 2015, 09:26:15 PM
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TERRIFIC!  That's just what I am looking for here in Rapid City! A Rapid attack that burns and blazes!  Boy-o-boy that's beautiful.


Let's go with one more question, you say you like to take risks and so do I!  Would you be willing to take my advice on a big gamble in free agency on a one year deal for a dynamic playmaker, even if he has a checkered past?



Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 15, 2015, 10:27:55 PM
This is your team, Mr. Burns, and if you had an opinion or advice on a certain player, I would definitely take it, especially if that dynamic playmaker could push us closer to that blazing offense. As far as the checkered past goes, well it might depend how checked that past is. It might take some fact checking to see if it's checkered because of the man or the situation the man was in.

Though sometimes you just have to roll the dice and take chances like that. Like I said when I first came in here, "go big or go home". Sometimes you've got to take a chance on a dynamic player with a questionable past if it fits the sort of team we are trying to build.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 16, 2015, 09:27:49 AM
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C.J... I think we have a winner... What do you all think?

BOB LISTENS TO THE "STUDIO AUDIENCE" TRACK BEGIN TO ROAR WITH APPROVAL! BELLS AND WHISTLES ENSUE AS TACKY GAME SHOW MUSIC BEGINS TO PLAY!

Congratulations CJ! You are the first General Manager of the Rapid City Inferno!!!!!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 05:59:11 PM
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GM Gates, I know you are currently on vacation, but if you are interested in getting an early start on interviewing potential coaching candidates, I have attached a list of who we expect to be available once the off-season begins. 

Feel free to place some calls and feel some coaches out.  We will not be allowed to extend offers until the offseason, but it may be good to establish some rapport with them before the APL, or other GM's have a chance to get to know them.  Please mind that the names highlighted in grey are currently under contract and will not be accepting phone calls.   

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 15, 2015, 07:59:58 PM
Thank you, Ashley. I might be on vacation, but that doesn't mean I don't have time to talk to some of the coaches and see who might be a good fit with what I'm planning to build here in Rapid City.

With that said, could you please get me in touch with Bernard McCarthy? Thanks, Ashley.

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Mr. McCarthy, how are you doing? Name's C.J. Gates, the General Manager of the Rapid City Inferno. I've seen and heard a bit about what you were capable of doing at UCLA, very impressive. I feel as though the way you run an offensive minded team fits with my vision for the Inferno. I was wondering if you could tell me a bit more about yourself and your coaching philosophy.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 08:15:48 PM
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Hello Mr. Gates, thank you for the call.  I am happy to tell you more about my system.  You see my son and I cooked up great schemes at UCLA.  We ran a fast paced offense that was very balanced.  We ran a little more in the early downs, but we liked to open up the playbook and give our QB control over the field, especially in short yardage.

I believe a team needs quality playmakers at the skill positions, WR and RB specifically, and you need a smart and accurate QB.  Deep shots down the field are overrated to me, but if you can be precise and smart with your throws the field shrinks after every play..  As far as defense goes, I honestly tend to leave that all in the hands of my coordinator, I know about defense, but I like to focus on the offense while my DC molds the D in his image.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 15, 2015, 08:36:49 PM
Quality playmakers at skill positions are what I am going to be looking for. My aim is to build a team with a great, in your face offense, one that incorporates both the running game and the passing game, much like what you described about your own system.

You mentioned quality playmakers, but when it comes to a running back, are you a coach that prefers to have a feature back, or would you be more at home with a committee type approach, something where two guys could share the workload?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 08:41:50 PM
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When I was in the pros, I was very much into running a featured back, a certain guy who wore "21" in San Diego comes to mind... but in the college game, we had so many talented SoCal kids wanting to come play for us that I was pretty much converting my gameplan to a committee approach out of necessity, so I'd say I can handle either set up, but if it were up to me and in a "perfect" scenario, I'd definitely go with one featured back, with a solid back up behind him, but prepared to see limited playing time..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 15, 2015, 08:55:52 PM
Good to know. I like to lean towards a feature back myself, however with the Inferno being an expansion team, it might not be as easy to come across, so a committee might be where we go to start.

I'm assuming that you, like me, feel that a skillful, intelligent and accurate QB is the top priority when it comes to a building an expansion team, but what would you say is the next most important position on the field to fill?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 09:07:34 PM
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If there is a proven "Franchise" quality left tackle available, you have to take him, but they are hard to come by, and it might be easier to find one in the draft.  If the Tackle isn't there, then I say you go for your top shelf running back or a superstar wide receiver.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 15, 2015, 09:16:38 PM
Sounds like we are on the same page there, Mr. McCarthy.

One more question, and this might seem like an odd one, but when it comes to a tight end, do you prefer one who is a catch-first type TE, or do you lean more towards a TE that can provide some blocking help, and allow the QB to find his receivers?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 09:18:41 PM
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If we are running with a featured back, I'd prefer a blocking tight end, they might not "grade out" like Block or Herzog, but they grade the road and open holes for a running back, but if I am looking to run by committee then I'd go hard for a pass catching tight end, one who can add another dimension to our game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 15, 2015, 09:32:16 PM
Again, good to know. I like a TE capable of adding that extra receiving dimension, however you're right, it will depend on the team.

The news article that was released didn't say so directly, but would you be looking to work with your son in the HIFL or are you both just looking to land jobs somewhere, whether that's on the same team or not.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 09:36:55 PM
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I'd love for Patrick to come coach for me here and get some professional experience as an OC, he was a QB coach for me in San Diego before we moved to UCLA, but I know while he would be happy to come work with me as the OC, he is also "okay" with moving on to another organization as a coordinator.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 15, 2015, 09:46:17 PM
Given what the two of you did in UCLA, we would love to bring the two of you in together if the cards fall right. If you guys can create a similar type of offensive success that you did then, it would be right up our alley.

I know we've been talking about the offensive side of things since you said you like to leave the defensive stuff up to the DC, however I would still like to touch on the defense, but only slightly. Are you open to whatever type of defensive system the defensive coordinator or do you have a rough preference of what you'd like your DC to run?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 10:35:52 PM
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When I first started off I was a DC for the Redskins, I ran a 3-4 defense but when I became a head coach I decided to run a 4-3 due to my coordinators. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 15, 2015, 10:47:29 PM
Sounds good to me. Sounds like you would be okay with whatever the DC prefers. Definitely helps with planning. I'm really liking what I've heard here.

At this point, do you have any questions for me?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 15, 2015, 11:06:04 PM
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No sir, I am happy with what we discussed. I look forward to hearing from you again later down the line. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 05:12:00 AM
We will definitely be in touch further down the line, coach McCarthy. Thanks for taking the time to speak with me.

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Ashley, let's complete the family connection. Can you please get me in touch with Patrick McCarthy? Thanks.

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Hello Mr. McCarthy. This is C.J. Gates, General Manager of the Rapid City Inferno. I'll be frank with you. We're looking to build an offensive team that racks up points and yards, and I have this vision of having you and your father recreate some of the success you have had in UCLA. I recently spoke with him, so now I thought I should speak with you, get your thoughts and opinions on things. Perhaps you could tell me a bit more about yourself and your coaching philosophies.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 06:09:31 PM
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Hello GM Gates, here is a brief history of what I have done in football.  I was a QB in high school but had a concussion that stopped me from playing at California so I ended up latching on with my dad as his QB coach.  I relate well with players since I'm a younger guy, you know?  I worked my way up to offensive coordinator by the time we reached UCLA and have been working hard at crafting offensive talents ever since.  I hope to one day expand my experience and become a head coach, but I know right now i'm better suited as a coordinator in the pros. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 08:05:19 PM
Awesome to hear, Mr. McCarthy. Having been a former player, I'm sure that works well in tandem with being able to relate to the players.

As an offensive coordinator, what is your game plan like? Is it similar to your fathers or do you prefer to play a different style?
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Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 08:19:39 PM
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Dad and I share the same strategy when it comes to play calling.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 08:27:25 PM
Ah, very nice. Always good when everyone is on the same page.

Is it safe to assume, then, that you are similar to your father in the preference of a featured back in a perfect scenario?
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Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 08:41:42 PM
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I like consistency on offense, I really like having a solid set of starters and focusing on them instead of spreading the ball around a larger number of talents in rotation.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 08:52:02 PM
Good to know.

One question I have is about your aspirations. You and your father both mentioned that you might want to take some time to get a chance to show what you've got before making the jump to a head coaching position. That is something I can definitely understand and respect. My question is, would you be at all tempted by a head coaching offer or are you strictly looking for an OC slot?
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Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 09:08:51 PM
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While I wouldn't turn down a contract as a head coach, I think most people would know from talking to me that I am not prepared to become a head coach at this time.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 09:13:51 PM
Fair enough.

Those are all the questions I have for you at the present time. Is there anything you'd like to ask me?
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Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 09:16:39 PM
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No sir, not at this time, I just appreciate you giving me the time to interview. I hope to work with you in the future.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 09:27:08 PM
I hope so too, Mr. McCarthy. Thanks for taking the time to come in and speak with me.

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Let's change gears here, Ashley. Can you get me in touch with Anthony Stevens, please?

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Mr. Stevens, how are you doing today? My name is C.J. Gates, GM of the Rapid City Inferno. I'm just doing some initial interviews for the upcoming season and was wondering if you could tell me a bit about you and your coaching philosophies.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 09:42:11 PM
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Hello??  I play to win the game!  I coached a lot of my career in the midwest.  I started off coaching in the college game at Kansas and then after 7 years of swarming defense, I got the offer to go to New York. I coached there for 4 years before going to Kansas City where I coached until two years ago.  I've been a defensive coordinator but mainly I spent the last 15 years of my career as a head coach. I like having good coverage on defense, running out of a base nickle package with really good defensive backs, and on offense I was big on a high pass volume game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 09:51:57 PM
I like the sounds of that Mr. Stevens. When it comes to offense, I am looking to build something high octane and high profile, an offense that puts up yards and puts up points. Defensively, well, I love a defense that can make the opposing QBs life hell, whether that's through the rush or by eliminating his targets with some good down field coverage.

Since you've been both a head coach and a defensive coordinator, are you look for one of those roles specifically over the other? Or are you happy with either?
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Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 09:56:20 PM
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I'd like to continue as a head coach, but if the money is right I would still work as a Defensive Coordinator.  I will say though, just because I like to pass the ball, I am not a guy who runs a fast paced offense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 16, 2015, 10:09:29 PM
Good to know. Though it sounds like your defensive ideals might match what I'm looking at in that respect.

When it comes to players on the defensive side of the ball, what would you say is the number one priority to look for to build around?
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Post by: Talon on April 16, 2015, 10:40:47 PM
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A true shutdown cornerback and a safety with the speed and strength to change games.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 05:38:48 PM
Good to know, good to know.

At this time, is there anything that you wanted to ask me?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 06:29:28 PM
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Nope, but I look forward to our next meeting.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 07:01:35 PM
So do I. Thanks for your time.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Ken Graham, please?

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Mr. Graham, how are you doing this evening? Name's C.J. Gates and I'm the GM of the Rapid City Inferno. We are doing some initial interviewing and I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about yourself.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 07:18:40 PM
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Whats up dude, here is a little taste of what I bring to the table as a DC bro. SPEED, STRENGTH, AND ATTITUDE!  They say I brought the "attitude era" to Auburn football, and man they weren't kidding bro.   I like speed from the Safeties to the Defensive Tackles, and we run WILD with exotic blitzes and confusion along the defensive front to really throw off the Quarterback... Bro, I'm telling you, offenses get into little hissy fits when my defense lines up with the right personnel.  QB's get their girdles in a bunch, bro. You get me speed and I'll get you the ball with a short field.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 07:43:39 PM
That sounds excellent, Ken. That's the kind of defense I am hoping to bring to Rapid City. One that leaves opposing QB's scrambling and unable to succeed. Something to compliment a smash mouth offensive attack.

Give me a bit more detail on this "attitude era" you're talking about. Was it just the style of play or was there more to it?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 09:55:36 PM
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I encourage my players to be aggressive, not just on the field, but in life!  Does it make them a little louder off the field, yeah it does, but it's because I breed Winners bro, winning on the field leads to winning in life, and winning in life makes you continue to breed winners, and at Auburn that is what is all about. 

Now don't get me wrong here bro, our attitude era wasn't a party era, we weren't doing things like the U in the 80s, I want my kids to be clean, but they have to have the swagger and the mouth of a warrior that spit fire... like an Inferno.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 10:14:56 PM
Music to my ears, Mr. Graham. If there's one thing I like about a player, it's a player that's got that fire burning inside of him to be the best on the field every time he steps out there. The kind of attitude you're describing, that's the kind of attitude I would love to see on my team and not against us.

What position would you prioritize as the most important piece on a defense to build around?
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Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 10:26:33 PM
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Any of them with speed.  Best and fastest player available on defense, that's what I want.  I really love ridiculously fast safeties with size and good hands.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 10:48:10 PM
Awesome, awesome. I really like what I'm hearing Mr. Graham.

Is there anything else you wish to ask me?
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Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 10:58:56 PM
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No questions here, but I do hope that you'll keep in mind that if I am brought in, I'm going to hoping to scout at the big schools, I'm not big on sniffing around small schools.  Those schools don't get the fast boys.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 11:07:51 PM
I'd be looking to scout all over, but if you do end up bringing that fire breathing defense here, I could probably lean more towards the big schools, at least as far as defense goes. I don't want to limit myself though.

Thanks for coming in, Mr. Graham. I'm sure we will be in touch.
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Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 11:12:02 PM
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I'll be ready when you call dude.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 11:15:45 PM
Thanks again, Mr. Graham.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Leo Sanders, please?

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Mr. Sanders, it's great to speak with you. Name's Gates, GM of the Rapid City Inferno. I'm just doing some initial interviews for our coaching staff and wanted to speak with you. I was hoping you could tell me a bit more about yourself.
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Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 11:22:07 PM
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I've been a coach a long time, mostly in the college game, but I took a job in Detroit as offensive coordinator 14 years ago and never went back to Michigan after that.  I run a tactically sound precision pass game.  a little more pass than run, but a balanced overall approach that slowly moves the ball down the field.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 11:29:22 PM
What type of players do you find ideal for your system?
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Post by: Talon on April 17, 2015, 11:37:13 PM
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Smart veterans with experience in big games..
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Post by: GM Gates on April 17, 2015, 11:43:12 PM
Alright Mr Sanders, sounds good. We will be in touch.

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Ashley, could you get me in touch with Ron Jackson please?

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Mr. Jackson, how are you doing? My name is Gates, GM of the Rapid City Inferno. I was wondering if you could tell me a little about yourself and your coaching experience.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 12:22:09 AM
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I'm a big proponent of the power run game, wear them down and then when they crowd the box, I like to have a WR who can explode for a big play..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 09:08:28 AM
Nice. I am looking to build a high profile offense that burns the competition whether that be with the run or the pass.

Would your preference be a feature back of a committee type approach?
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 01:14:56 PM
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I call it a feature back approach, but I like to have my primary back be a big bruising back with a back up with a lot of speed who I use in certain packages.  Its not a committee, but there are special sets that the speedster is used in...
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 01:20:51 PM
Good to know. I always like to have a nice back up in case the feature goes down. Something where we won't be screwed if we lose our starter.

What kind of tempo do you like to run your offense in?
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 01:24:58 PM
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Depending on how much I love the QB, Slow to Normal.
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Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 01:27:56 PM
And with that wear them down approach with the running backs, do you prefer a pocket passer or a mobile QB?
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 01:37:04 PM
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I like mobility, but not a run-first type of a guy, if you know what I mean.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 01:50:03 PM
I know what you mean Mr. Jackson, I know what you mean.

At this point, do you have anything you want to ask me?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 01:53:18 PM
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Not really, I enjoyed our chat.
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Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 01:56:03 PM
As did I. I really liked what you had to say. We'll be in touch. Thanks for coming by.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Andy Graham?

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Hello Mr. Graham, how are you today. I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about yourself and what has led you to make the jump to the HIFL.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 02:04:07 PM
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Hello Mr. Gates, thank you for giving the chance to talk about your coaching positions.

...I am a former running back who spent a few years in the pros before retiring.  I got into coaching at my alma mater of Auburn about 8 years ago, I started off as a running back coach and then became the teams offensive coordinator.  I've been OC at Auburn for the past 5 years and under my watch the Tigers put together a devastating spread offense that capitalized on quick wide receivers and a mobile QB with a strong running back. Tre Mason, Nick Marshall, Cam Newton, all kids I molded into college winners.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 02:07:40 PM
Sounds great, Mr. Graham. What we're looking to do here, is build a high profile offense that will put up a lot of points and yards, whether that's from the QB or the RB.

Do you like to work in a fast tempo or slow it down?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 02:34:14 PM
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One of the fastest teams this side of Oregon, we run our boys until they can't go any further.  I run what is classified as "Very Fast."
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 02:59:04 PM
That's what I like to hear. I like to keep the tempo up, the fire burning and the foot on the has pedal.

If my notes are correct, you've worked on the same staff as Ken Graham at Auburn? If this is indeed true, how would you say your relationship is with him.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 03:02:58 PM
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My twin brother and I are a great duo, he's got the swagger and I bring the dagger.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 03:39:44 PM
I like the sounds of that, Mr. Graham. Who knows, maybe we can bring the swagger and the dagger to Rapid City.

You mentioned your like having a strong running back. Does this mean you prefer one feature back to showcase, or do you like to have a sort of committee approach, with a few different guys doing the leg work?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 03:58:25 PM
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I like a star at RB, but because of our pace having a committee isn't really a bad thing either. my offense works with either, as long as they are fast.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 04:15:55 PM
I like to have the back up capable of performing if he is thrust into the starters role due to an injury. Maybe not a committee, but usable depth.

Do you like to run the ball often?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 04:33:51 PM
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I'd say overall I'm balanced in my attack, but on early downs I prefer to run far more than pass.   Later in the downs I go to the pass, but it's more so off of play action. [/i]
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 05:17:58 PM
Nice, nice. Well I must say, I love what I've heard here, Mr. Graham. If you've got no questions for me, then I look forward to speaking to you again down the line. Thanks for coming in.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 05:49:26 PM
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Thanks for having me, good day Mr. Gates.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 05:55:44 PM
Thank you, Mr. Graham.

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Ashley can you please get me in touch with Edgar King?

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Hello Mr. King. This is C.J. Gates, GM of the Rapid City Inferno. I was wondering if you could tell me about yourself and your coaching experience.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 06:07:12 PM
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Hello GM Gates, I was Ted Collier's defensive coordinator last year, before that I spent a lot of time in the pros as a coordinator that specialized in a 3-4 blitzing defense.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 11:14:49 PM
Very nice.

Have you had any experience as a head coach? Or would you rather remain as a coordinator?
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 11:18:25 PM
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I tried to be a head coach before, it was just a little overwhelming for me, I'd prefer to work exclusively as a coordinator.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 11:20:19 PM
Fair enough.

With your blitzing defenses, what position would you prioritize when building a defense?
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 11:26:52 PM
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A field general at middle linebacker.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 11:29:53 PM
And what kind of tempo would you say your defenses tend to play at?
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 11:33:36 PM
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Um.. Defenses don't really have tempo's, we work to stop the offense and disrupt their tempo.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 11:39:20 PM
Minor brain fart there, Mr. King. To be honest, I'm not as knowledgeable with the defensive side of the game as I am the offensive side, which is probably why my question made no sense. Though I do like the experience you have as a coordinator, it's definitely an asset in these situations.

At this point, do you have any questions?
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 11:40:49 PM
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No questions.
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Post by: GM Gates on April 18, 2015, 11:45:24 PM
Alright, Mr. King. Thanks for taking the time to speak with me.
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Post by: Talon on April 18, 2015, 11:50:17 PM
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It was my pleasure, cheers.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 21, 2015, 10:57:27 PM
Cheers, Mr. King.

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Ashley, can you please get me in touch with Bernard McCarthy again?

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Mr. McCarthy, GM Gates here again, so glad to speak with you again. I must say, after our last interview, I was quite impressed with you and your philosophies. I thought maybe we could continue our discussion from earlier, ask a few more questions, and dive a bit deeper into the mind of Bernard McCarthy.

Last time when we were talking about QBs, you mentioned that a smart and accurate QB was important. My question for you is what kind of QB do you prefer? A pocket passer or a mobile QB that can run the ball if need be?
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Post by: Talon on April 21, 2015, 11:01:12 PM
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In my experience, I've noticed that most mobile QB's are less accurate and more arm strength, so I'd probably lean more towards a pocket passer, unless we scouted a guy who was mobile and very accurate already.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 22, 2015, 09:18:36 PM
Excellent, excellent. If there's one thing I'm liking about you more and more, it's your flexibility and versatility. That would definitely be an asset for an expansion team like ours. I've got to say Mr. McCarthy, the interest in trying to bring you to Rapid City is ever-growing.

As a coach, is there something on the offensive side of the ball that you have always wanted to do, you just never had the opportunity or personnel to do so?
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Post by: Talon on April 23, 2015, 08:40:20 AM
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I haven't really thought about it that way, but more-so than on the offensive side, the one thing I haven't done is a team effort, I've never won a Championship.

I believe Mr. Gates that with your abilities at GM, from what I have gathered in our meetings, and with my knowledge of the game we can bring a championship to Rapid City.

I believe I would be willing to sign for less here than I may have originally aimed for, I consider Rapid City my top destination option at this time..

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 23, 2015, 09:53:47 PM
I couldn't agree more with you, Mr. McCarthy, and I'm glad to hear that we are currently your top option. Of course, winning a championship is my goal, though I can't say it's going to happen in the first year. But if we do manage to bring you in as head coach, I think you're right, the two of us working together can make that happen.

One more question for you. I like to have a coaching staff that gets along and is able to work well together. Are there any certain personality types you would not work well with as far as coordinators go? Or are you open to whoever runs a good defense?
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Post by: Talon on April 25, 2015, 10:26:10 AM
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Right now I don't have a preference, I get along with most people, I'm not a very high strung guy...
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 27, 2015, 11:08:15 PM
Sounds good, Mr. McCarthy. Those are all the questions I have for you, we'll be in touch.

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Ashley, can you please get me in touch with Bradford Styles?

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Mr. Styles, how are you doing? GM Gates of the Rapid City Inferno here. I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about yourself and your coaching philosophy.
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Post by: Talon on April 28, 2015, 10:21:57 AM
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I'm a recently retired player man, I just know the defense I played in.  A 4-3 system that doesn't blitz much.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 29, 2015, 06:47:14 PM
Good to hear. Do you have a position you prioritize to build your defense around?
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Post by: Talon on April 29, 2015, 06:52:03 PM
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Big Defensive tackles who stuff the run and rush the passer... I like one of each, both big and nasty, like an old tomato left in the chiller draw too long..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 30, 2015, 10:03:30 PM
Very nice. I think that's everything I had to ask, do you have any questions for me, Mr. Styles?
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Post by: Talon on April 30, 2015, 10:12:25 PM
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Where the white women at?..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 01, 2015, 05:26:39 PM
Well, if you do end up here in Rapid City, I'm sure we can find some white women for you here in South Dakota.

Thanks for coming in, Mr. Styles. We'll be in touch.
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Post by: Talon on May 01, 2015, 10:19:31 PM
HE LEAVES IN PURSUIT OF SAID WHITE WOMEN
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Post by: Talon on May 13, 2015, 01:05:49 AM
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THE MEDIA AWAITS YOUR INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS...
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 13, 2015, 08:23:16 PM
"Boy, am I glad to be here.

"I've been looking forward to this day for awhile, the day when I can stand up here and officially begin work as the General Manager of the Rapid City Inferno. And I'd like to thank Mr. Bobby Burns for making that happen, for putting his trust in me and giving me this opportunity.

There's still a lot of work that needs to be done to get us ready for our first season, and we have taken the first step in doing just that. At this time we are pleased to announce that we have signed coach Bernard McCarthy to be Rapid City's very first head coach. We are pleased and honored that Mr. McCarthy has chosen to bring his coaching talents to Rapid City, and I am confident that he and I will be able to build this franchise into a championship caliber team in time. 

At this time, if anyone has any questions, I'd be glad to answer them."
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 13, 2015, 09:06:50 PM
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What lead you to choose Coach McCarthy to be this franchise's first head coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 13, 2015, 09:14:22 PM
Coach McCarthy's offensive approach is what led me to choose him as the first head coach. I knew I wanted to build an offensive minded team, and knowing what he did in UCLA, I had my eye on him from the start. After talking with him and hearing how versatile his game plans are, how he is able to adapt his game calling to fit the team, it solidified the desire to bring him in as the first head coach in Rapid City. With this being a new franchise, the ability to be that flexible is very important.
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Post by: Talon on May 13, 2015, 09:21:25 PM
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What do you have to say to potential fans, why should they turn out for the first season and buy season tickets?
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 13, 2015, 09:32:23 PM
To any potential fans, this is the moment for them to be part of something grand. Something big. Something exciting. Get in on the ground floor and be with the Inferno from inception. Like I said, we're looking to build an offensive team, one that is electrifying, burning our opponents as we rack up the yardage and bury them in points. We're not going to abandon our defense to do so, we're still going to try and build a defense capable of stopping the other team, but we will be looking to build an offense that rivals to be one of the best in the league.

Every game in Studio B is going to be exciting and exhilarating this season. The fans are going to want to be part of the atmosphere.
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Post by: Talon on May 13, 2015, 09:41:43 PM
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Mr. Gates, I'm glad you got our paperwork filed so quickly.  I'm going to be getting my game plans together for our first training camps and all, but I will be back when we get ready to start the draft.  I look forward to seeing how you finish our staff.  See you on draft day!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 13, 2015, 09:56:38 PM
I'm excited to get things started, coach. Looking forward to what lies ahead. See you on draft day!

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Patrick McCarthy, please?

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Mr. McCarthy how are you doing? As I believe I mentioned in our initial interview, we are looking at being one of the premier offensive teams in the league and to do so, we need some offensive minded coaches that know how to game plan for points and yards and offense. I don't know if you've heard or not but we have hired your father to be our head coach and would love to bring you in as the offensive coordinator.

I don't say this because I want to pair you with your father, but because of the offensive mind you possess when making calls. The fact that you and your father worked so well together at UCLA is an added bonus and will give this offense a solid staff to help lead it.
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Post by: Talon on May 13, 2015, 10:14:52 PM
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I am doing well Mr. Gates, my dad and I were just talking about his being the HC there now.  I'd love to join you guys and run the offense, what type of deal are we looking at?
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Post by: GM Gates on May 13, 2015, 10:35:47 PM
Well, Mr. McCarthy, how does a 3 year deal worth 3 million a season sound to you?
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Post by: Talon on May 13, 2015, 10:40:07 PM
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You've got yourself an offensive coordinator, sir!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 13, 2015, 10:53:43 PM
Fantastic, glad to have you on board. Looking forward to working with you!
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Post by: Talon on May 13, 2015, 10:55:24 PM
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and I with you, sir!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 06:02:24 PM
Take care, Patrick. We shall talk again soon.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Randy Barbour please?

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Coach Barbour, how are you doing today? My name is C.J. Gates, General Manager of the Rapid City Inferno. Excuse me if I have this wrong, but my records show that your contract with the Scorpions has expired and I was hoping we could talk about yourself and your coaching philosophy.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 08:38:37 PM
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Hello Mr. Gates, I am currently considering my options for season 6 and beyond, so here is what I believe in when it comes to defense. I run a 3-4 base defense, I am not a big time blitzing guy because I believe solid coverage skills are most important in a defense.  I am a coach who works hard to improve my cornerbacks' hands and tackling skills.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 09:07:02 PM
Good to hear.

If you could pick one position on the defense to build around. What is the most important position to you?
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Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 09:07:53 PM
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Cornerback and Safety.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 09:16:56 PM
And what are you looking for, job wise? Are you looking to continue as a coordinator or do you feel like you are ready for a head coaching gig?

I ask, because we are looking for a defensive coordinator who has experience in the role and your experience within the HIFL is definitely a nice bonus.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 09:40:35 PM
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I haven't had enough time as a coordinator to feel comfortable as a head coach right now, I'd be happy remaining as a DC.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 09:53:30 PM
Nice, nice. Like I said, we're looking for a DC with experience with our other coaches being offensive oriented, and you might fit that bill.

Last question I have for you. You mentioned you run a 3-4 base defense. Are you adaptable to other styles or are you strictly a 3-4 kind of coach?
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Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 09:59:10 PM
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I came up in the 3-4, but since I am not a big blitzing coach, I can adapt, the key is the coverage.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 10:01:20 PM
That it is, Mr. Barbour.

At this time, I open the floor to you for any questions you might have.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 10:03:19 PM
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Well, the only one that comes to mind is, are you comfortable drafting project corners and safeties in the later rounds since I am comfortable developing their skills.  I just need kids with natural talent when it comes to speed and agility, a decent IQ is favorable, but I will handle the rest.  I'd like to have at least one Pro-Ready corner to start on defense, but the rest I am fine developing.  Is that ok with you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 10:05:27 PM
I have no problem at all with that. Taking projects and allowing you to work your magic and develop them is perfectly fine by me, especially with us being an expansion team. I think this is the perfect opportunity to do just that, to take some chances and bring in some players that we can mold to fit our team and our style of play.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 10:14:38 PM
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Well that is great. I am interested in this position, hopefully you decide I am the man for the job.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 10:24:27 PM
I think you just might be. I'm a big fan of having some nice shut down corners and a good backfield to cause havoc for the QB on his pass attempts, with a solid front defense to keep teams honest on the run. Sound like we're on the same page?

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 10:33:30 PM
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Absolutely.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 10:39:04 PM
Then I think we've got a match.

Now, I know you said you were fielding offers, so if you want I can send along an offer to you and give you some time to think things over.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 10:44:53 PM
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If the offer is right, I'll sign right now. I really love what we've talked about.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 15, 2015, 10:54:49 PM
How does a 2 year deal worth 3 million a season sound to you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2015, 11:37:17 PM
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That sounds wonderful.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 16, 2015, 08:09:48 AM
Fantastic, Mr. Barbour. Welcome to Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 16, 2015, 10:33:47 AM
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Thank you sir.  I love Las Vegas and its fans, I gave them my all, but between GM Apollo and now GM Metro I can't put that place in my rear view mirror fast enough.  You'll get my best, I'll do you proud..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 16, 2015, 07:14:10 PM
Looking forward to see what you are able to bring to the table. I'll speak with you again soon.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 16, 2015, 07:59:17 PM
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Mr. Gates, we have hired all three of our coaches and we have done all of our scouting we can do before the combine. We may LOCK IN TO CLOSE SEASON 5 whenever you are ready, since we have no other business we can do at this time.

If you would like to do anything else, feel free, but when you are ready please remember to let me know we are done for S5..

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 19, 2015, 05:53:28 PM
Thanks, Ashley.

I guess since there is nothing left to do, might as well go head and Lock in to close Season 5 and get ourselves ready for the post-Impact Bowl festivities.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 29, 2015, 10:38:04 PM
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GM Gates, welcome to the HIFL.

We will not hear anything on the free agency front until after the first day of free agency passes by, but once we know something the agents will contact you.

Remember, we have 135MM in salary and are projected right now to have 27.5MM in PR with our Coaches under contract...

Enjoy the off-season.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 02, 2015, 12:01:59 AM
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Sir, Clint Dickey and James Turpin have accepted our offers, please send the paperwork to the league office.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 02, 2015, 12:28:08 AM
That's excellent news, Ashley. Thanks for letting me know.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 02, 2015, 12:28:51 AM
 
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My pleasure boss, you got some good ones!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 02, 2015, 11:18:50 PM
That's my thought as well, Ashley. Got a good start to the franchise.

As for Day 2, I believe I'm done. Just waiting to hear back on a few things but I figure that will come on Day 3.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 01:44:17 PM
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David Gliberston, Billy Zepeda, and Abraham Bittner have all signed with us!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 03:05:40 PM
Thanks Ashley, that's great to hear!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 03:07:27 PM
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Still some good players out there, any offers we need to make today?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 03:11:30 PM
Let me take a quick look at my notes here, and I'll get back to you ASAP.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 08:00:58 PM
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Offers sent sir.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 08:04:53 PM
Thank you Ashley, I think we're done for the day.

If it's possible, can I speak with Coach Bernard McCarthy?

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Hey Coach, hopefully I didn't disturb you but I wanted to pick you mind a little bit. As you might have heard, we are allowed to hire another coach if we wish, and I was wondering if you might have any thoughts on a possible hire or even just where a little extra assistance might give us that added punch.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 08:16:47 PM
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No one springs to mind really... Sorry CJ.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 08:20:31 PM
Not a problem coach. I'll keep it in mind but I'll put it on the shelf for now, focus on building the team before I look for a potential coaching addition.

Thanks again, coach. Talk to you soon.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 08:26:12 PM
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Definitely, I'm excited to see how the Expansion draft goes!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 08:28:41 PM
You and me both, coach. I've got some targets in mind, it's just a matter of getting the chance to draft them. I think we've got a nice start going, just a matter of grabbing some talented pieces to add to it.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 08:32:48 PM
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I agree.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 10:16:31 PM
Thanks again coach, we'll be in touch.

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Ashley, unless things have changed, I believe Steve Rosenhaus is the agent for Jose Pruitt? Let's get him on the line.

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Good evening, Mr. Rosenhaus how are you doing? We've just drafted Jose Pruitt and would love to get him signed to a contract.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 10:26:19 PM


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Hello GM Gates, you know what we're looking for, what's the offer?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 10:41:44 PM
How does a 4 year deal worth $10 million a season with $2 million PR sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 10:46:26 PM
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That sounds good to us, consider us signed.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 05, 2015, 10:49:41 PM
Excellent to hear. Glad to have Jose on board.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 10:53:35 PM
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We are happy to be somewhere that the GM wants him.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 05, 2015, 11:27:43 PM
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Hey there, Mr. Cobbs says he wants to sign with us, deal is done.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 06, 2015, 08:06:23 AM
We definitely want him here, Mr. Rosenhaus. I've had my eye on him and I'm glad he was there at our pick. In any case, I suspect this isn't the last time you and I will speak. Take care until next time.

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Thank you for the update, Ashley. I will file the paperwork for Mr. Cobbs.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 06, 2015, 10:00:45 PM
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Mario Vance has decided to come to Rapid City!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 01:35:47 AM
Great to hear. Thank you for letting me know Ashley.

While I'm taking a look at some of the combine happenings, can you patch me through to David Ames, please?

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Mr. Ames, how are you doing today? We've just drafted your client Joseph Dobbins in the expansion draft and would love to hammer out a deal for him.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 02:08:09 AM
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Hello GM Gates, lets talk about this deal. What is your offer?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 01:34:42 PM
How does a 3 year deal worth $7 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 01:42:09 PM
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We can agree to those terms.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 02:25:17 PM
Excellent. Glad to have Joseph in Rapid City. I'll send in the paperwork to the league offices.

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Can I speak to the representative for Steven Fernandez?

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We would like to offer Mr. Fernandez a 3 year deal worth $3.5 million a season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 02:27:50 PM

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Make it 4 years, and we are in.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 02:32:38 PM
4 years it is, Mr. Crain. I'll send in the paperwork to make it official.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 02:36:35 PM
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Consider yourself...

NEGOTIATED!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 03:04:23 PM
Take care, Mr. Crain.

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Can I get the representative for Darrin Yost, please?

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We've just drafted Mr. Yost, what kind of deal are we looking at to get him signed here in Rapid City?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 03:13:06 PM
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We are looking for 3 years and 3.5MM GM Gates.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 03:15:54 PM
We can agree to that, Mr. Shapiro.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 03:24:45 PM
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Excellent, and with time to hit on your secretary no-less... I love it here already.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 03:55:09 PM
Good to see you're enjoying it here in Rapid City, Bobby.

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Can I get the representative for Elijah Gale on the line?

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We've just draft your client Mr. Gale and are looking to sign him to a deal. What terms might we be looking at?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 04:05:31 PM
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4 years and 2.5MM
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 04:08:33 PM
That works perfectly for us. Pleasure doing business again, Mr. Crain.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 07:53:45 PM
Can I speak with the representative for Billy Faison please?

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We've just selected Billy in the expansion draft. What kind of deal are we looking at to make him a member of the Inferno?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 10:27:23 PM
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3 years and 2MM
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 10:45:29 PM
We can make that happen, Bobby. Pleasure doing business with you again, enjoy the sights in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 11:23:53 PM
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I always do.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 11:28:36 PM
Take care, Bobby.

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Let's get the representative for Henry Mullins.

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We're looking to get Henry signed here in Rapid City. How does a 2 year deal worth $3.5 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 11:30:00 PM
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That is exactly what we want, perfect.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 07, 2015, 11:37:30 PM
Perfect indeed, Drew. Pleasure doing business.

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 07, 2015, 11:47:30 PM
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2 for 2, that's the price.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 08, 2015, 10:55:26 AM
That sounds perfect, Ms. Molina.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 08, 2015, 03:19:23 PM
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Of course it does..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 08, 2015, 03:23:36 PM
Pleasure doing business, Amber.

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Let's get the representative for Alonso Lightner, please.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 08, 2015, 03:25:18 PM
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Hello there...
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 08, 2015, 03:27:11 PM
Bobby, good to see you again. We just drafted Alonso and would like to offer a 2 year deal worth $2 million a season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 08, 2015, 03:28:55 PM
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Deal, Alonso is excited to join the Inferno.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 08, 2015, 06:53:48 PM
And we're excited to have him as a member of the Inferno.

As luck would have it, Bobby, we've just drafted another of your clients, Joel Pierce. How does a 3 year deal worth $2 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 08, 2015, 07:01:36 PM
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It's like you read my mind.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 08, 2015, 07:11:34 PM
Perfect. Glad to have Joel on board.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 09, 2015, 02:47:30 PM
Let's get in touch with Drew Leventhal.

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Drew, how's it going? We just drafted Kenny Johnson and are looking to sign him to a deal. How does a 3 year deal worth $3 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 09, 2015, 02:58:59 PM
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Kenny is actually looking for 4 million for those same 3 years..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 09, 2015, 03:10:10 PM
I think we can swing that. 3 years, $4 million a season it is. Pleasure doing business Drew.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 09, 2015, 03:11:50 PM
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Likewise kid
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 09, 2015, 11:04:28 PM
Until next time, Drew.

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Let's get in touch with Steve Rosenhaus.

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Steve, how's it going? We're looking to sign Gary Godfrey to a deal. How's about a 3 year deal worth $2 million a season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 09, 2015, 11:05:45 PM
DEAL
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 09, 2015, 11:09:22 PM
Excellent. We'll make it official with the league offices.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 10, 2015, 01:11:45 AM
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Good deal baby.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 10, 2015, 07:41:57 PM
Indeed it is, Steve.

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Let's get in touch with Drew Leventhal again.

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Drew, we're looking to sign Allen Ayala to a deal. How does a 3 year deal worth $2 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 10, 2015, 10:34:13 PM
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We're looking for 2 years and 4 million, but if you come up to 4, we will come up to 3 years.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 11, 2015, 05:22:00 AM
You know, Drew, I like the 3 years and would love to have Ayala here in Rapid City, so let's shake on that. 3 year deal worth $4 million a season. Pleasure doing business with you again.

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Let's get Steve Rosenhaus on the line.

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Steve, long time no talk. Shaun Doe was just picked up by us and I'd like to get a deal hammered out. How does a 1 year deal worth $2.5 million a season sound?
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Post by: Talon on June 11, 2015, 12:14:55 PM
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Good deal baby.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 11, 2015, 03:10:10 PM
Fantastic. Glad to have Shaun in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 11, 2015, 03:13:35 PM
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Happy to be here.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 12, 2015, 04:12:35 PM
Can I get the representative for Bryce Hinds please?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 12, 2015, 04:33:19 PM
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1 year and 1.5MM is our aim.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 13, 2015, 12:51:15 AM
Done deal.

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Let's get Chris Robinson's representative please.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 13, 2015, 01:31:32 AM
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2 years and 1.5MM.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 13, 2015, 07:26:50 AM
That works for us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 13, 2015, 07:25:06 PM
The representation for James Cody, please.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 14, 2015, 01:48:57 AM
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4 years and 1.75MM.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 15, 2015, 08:01:14 AM
Sounds like a deal to me! Glad to have Cody on board.

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Can I have the representation for Andrew Hernandez, please?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 15, 2015, 12:04:35 PM
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Hey there, lets get Andrew signed.  3 years and 2.5 for a pretty good leg.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 15, 2015, 12:17:34 PM
That's a deal that works for us, Ms. Molina.

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Let's get Jose Wilburn's representation please.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 15, 2015, 12:24:21 PM
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OH Hello... 2 years and 750K por favor.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 15, 2015, 12:25:52 PM
Miss Molina, a pleasure to speak with you again. That sounds like a deal to us!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 15, 2015, 01:14:38 PM
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Excellent.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 15, 2015, 03:56:04 PM
The representation for Bradley Nesmith please.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 15, 2015, 04:42:27 PM
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Hey GM Gates, show me that money, 2 years and 1MM
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 15, 2015, 06:03:18 PM
We can agree to that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 15, 2015, 06:09:15 PM
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Sweet...
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 15, 2015, 09:01:53 PM
Sweet indeed.

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Can I get in touch with the representation for Damien Shively, please?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 15, 2015, 09:44:15 PM
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We are committed to this team if we can go 4 years and 2.5MM
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 15, 2015, 09:59:57 PM
Well then, welcome Damien to the team! That's a deal, Scott.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 15, 2015, 10:09:26 PM
SCOTT SHAKES YOUR HAND AND HEADS OUT, WISHING YOU LUCK ON THE ROOKIE DRAFT
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 16, 2015, 12:34:48 PM
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Alright homie, the league made my first client going #1 a little less exciting since we know the salary and years, but lets get this PR finalized.  We're looking for 5MM in PR because J-Mart is the face of the future.    
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 16, 2015, 03:15:20 PM
Mr. Hester, was just about to call you. I'm with you on J-Mart being the future, and that deal you proposed is exactly the kind of deal we were looking for. Let's sign those papers.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 16, 2015, 03:18:51 PM
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Outstanding playa' You're getting a good one here.

See ya later dog.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 16, 2015, 10:15:05 PM
That's why we drafted him, Deion. Take it easy.

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Ashley, get me in touch with Drew Leventhal. Time to sign our latest draft pick.

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Mr. Leventhal, great to speak to you again. We just drafted Ralph Nutter and would like to get him signed to a deal. What terms are we looking at?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 16, 2015, 10:23:39 PM
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We're looking for 4 years, 5.75, and 1MM PR.   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 16, 2015, 10:25:41 PM
Let's put pen to paper and welcome Ralph to Rapid City! That's a deal, Drew.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 17, 2015, 01:37:01 PM
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How ya doin!  Miliken is happy to be here, so here is what we'll do. 3 years, 4.75MM and 1MM PR.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 17, 2015, 02:51:29 PM
Sounds like a deal to me. Glad to have Aaron as a member of the Inferno.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 17, 2015, 09:25:32 PM
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Salud
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 18, 2015, 05:10:50 AM
Let's get Bobby Shapiro on the line regarding Charles Arnold.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 18, 2015, 10:30:07 PM
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Looking for 3 years and 3MM
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 18, 2015, 10:59:01 PM
Bobby, great to speak with you again. That deal is one we can agree on. Pleasure doing business again.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 18, 2015, 11:29:59 PM
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Sexy.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 20, 2015, 03:19:11 PM
Let's get in touch with Drew Leventhal about George Holmes.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 20, 2015, 09:34:09 PM
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1 year and 1MM, standard stuff.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 20, 2015, 09:49:31 PM
Sounds good to us, Drew. Until next time.

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Let's get Amber Molina on the line about Russell Allen.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 20, 2015, 09:56:05 PM
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1 year and 500K.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 20, 2015, 10:24:48 PM
You've got a deal, Amber. Glad to have Russell on board.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 20, 2015, 10:27:42 PM
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As are we..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 22, 2015, 10:29:14 AM
Let's get Mike Maker on the line in regards to his client Curtis Whiteside.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 22, 2015, 11:42:23 AM
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Not a lot of money here, 1 year and 500K..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 22, 2015, 11:46:33 AM
That's a deal on our end, Mike.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 22, 2015, 11:48:02 AM
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Cool, I hate these small deals, they aren't even a car payment for me... enjoy.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 23, 2015, 05:12:41 AM
Understandable Mike. Until next time.

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Let's get in touch with James T. Crain about his client Darrell Everett.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 23, 2015, 09:27:46 AM
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1 year at the league minimum 250K
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 23, 2015, 02:50:54 PM
Sounds good, James.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 23, 2015, 02:55:24 PM
Now that our draft is finished, Ashley, I believe our rookies have arrived at the facility? If so, let's speak with the number one pick Jeremy Martin.

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Jeremy! How's it going? Ecstatic to have you as a member of the Inferno. And now that you're here, I'd like to officially welcome you to the Rapid City Inferno.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 23, 2015, 03:27:33 PM
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Thanks Mr. Gates, it feels great to be a part of this franchise.  Like I said in my interview, you won't regret your decisions.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 23, 2015, 04:35:30 PM
That's what I like to hear! From everything I've seen and heard about you, you've got great talent which made taking you first overall an easy choice.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 23, 2015, 04:48:47 PM
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Just wait til I get on the field dude, it's gonna be an instant highlight reel! We're going to be settin' the turf on fire dude!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 23, 2015, 04:57:05 PM
Loving that fire, Jeremy. Can't wait to watch you make defenses look foolish.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 23, 2015, 05:17:43 PM
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Totally dude!!!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 23, 2015, 05:27:35 PM
I'll let you get back to touring the facilities and getting yourself comfortable here in Rapid City. Take care, Jeremy!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 23, 2015, 05:30:13 PM
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  You too dude, see you at Training Camp!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 24, 2015, 03:09:50 PM
Ashley, if Ralph Nutter is still around, I'd like to speak with him.

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Ralph, how are you doing? First off welcome to the Rapid City Inferno. When we spoke, you showed the kind of fire that we wanted on our team and when you were there at number 12, well, we were excited to be able to draft you.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 24, 2015, 04:17:05 PM
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  There is going to be 11 other teams regretting passing me by, that is for certain.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 24, 2015, 04:32:21 PM
That's what I'm talking about! Looking forward to seeing you in game action.

How are you finding it here so far?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 24, 2015, 06:30:25 PM
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  It's looking good here boss, I'm pleased.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 25, 2015, 02:50:50 PM
Great to hear, Ralph. I'll let you get going and take care of anything you need to take care of. Looking forward to seeing you on the field.

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Ashley, let's get in touch with Eli Harris.

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Eli, how's it going? I am interested in bringing your client Luis Brown to Rapid City. How would a 2 year deal worth $1 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 25, 2015, 11:47:37 PM
 
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Deal.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 26, 2015, 05:11:23 AM
Excellent.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 26, 2015, 10:23:38 AM
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Alright.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 27, 2015, 02:39:33 PM
Ashley, I just wanted to double check that the latest signing fills up our team and we're ready to submit all the necessary paperwork for the upcoming season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 27, 2015, 03:20:10 PM
 
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My records show we need to hire 1 more Strong Safety to fill out or requirements and our open roster spot sir.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 27, 2015, 03:28:49 PM
Do we? I assumed we only needed 2 strong safeties, and we currently have Billy Faison and Gary Godfrey on our roster.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 27, 2015, 06:59:39 PM
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You're correct sir, I had left Mr. Faison off of our roster, we are full and ready to go.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 27, 2015, 07:20:27 PM
Awesome, just wanted to be sure. Thanks, Ashley.
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Post by: Talon on June 27, 2015, 07:27:04 PM

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No problem sir.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 27, 2015, 08:36:25 PM
If Coach Barbour is around, can I speak with him?

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Hey coach. First off, as I'm sure you've seen, I added a 4th corner to the team to give us a bit more depth with the two rookies. But the real reason I've called you in is because I'm sitting here looking at the formations, and thought I'd see about picking your brain. Nothing huge, just wondering if you had a preference as to how we set things up? Or are you alright with just putting a formation together and figuring out where everyone is best at as we go through the pre-season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 27, 2015, 09:13:47 PM
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You tell me who you want to start boss and I'll figure out the little details as we go through camp and pre-season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 27, 2015, 09:46:05 PM
Excellent. I figured that would be best, but thought I'd double check. Thanks coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 27, 2015, 10:07:16 PM
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No problem, I'm looking forward to getting these guys into camp.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 27, 2015, 10:22:57 PM
So am I. I'm excited to see how this whole team works together. I know you haven't seen them work yet, but what do you think of the defense we've built here?
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Post by: Talon on June 27, 2015, 10:31:37 PM
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It's a project, but I think I can work with it.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 09, 2015, 07:30:10 PM
Alright thanks for your time, coach.

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I think we've taken care of everything we needed to so without further ado, here is our lock in information.

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DEPTH CHART:

QB - Jose Pruitt - Allen Ayala
RB - Jeremy Martin - John Brogan - James Cody
FB - Jose Wilburn
RT - Ralph Nutter - Elijah Gale
RG - Steven Fernandez - Darrin Yost
C - Mac Strong - Darrin Yost
LG - David Gilbertson - Elijah Gale
LT - Kenny Johnson - Elijah Gale
TE - Henry Mullins - Richard Lusk
WR - Clint Dickey - Joseph Dobbins - Shaun Doe - George Holmes - Ed Wagner
WR - Joseph Dobbins - Shaun Doe - George Holmes - Ed Wagner

DE - Jose Seaton - Bradley Nesmith - Curtis Whiteside
DT - Joel Pierce - Bryce Hinds - Darrell Everett
LB - James Turpin - Mario Vance - DeMarcus Crane - Billy Zepeda
CB - Abraham Bittner - Luis Brown - Charles Arnold - Russell Allen
FS - John Tong - Aaron Milliken
SS - Billy Faison - Gary Godfrey

K - Andrew Hernandez
P - Damien Shively

Kick Return: Ed Wagner - Shaun Doe - Charles Arnold

Punt Return: Ed Wagner - Aaron Milliken - Charles Arnold

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STRATEGIES:

Backfield: Featured Running Back
Primary Receiver: Clint Dickey
Playing Time: Mostly Starters

Offense Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Choice

Defense Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Choice

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CAPTAINS/TRAINING:

Captains:
Starting QB: Jose Pruitt
Skill Players: John Brogan
Offensive Line: Kenny Johnson
Defensive Front Seven: DeMarcus Crane
Defensive Secondary: John Tong
Offensive Captain: John Brogan
Defensive Captain: John Tong

Training:
Ralph Nutter: Endurance/Conditioning
Jeremy Martin: Strength
George Holmes: Endurance/Conditioning
Aaron Milliken: Speed
Charles Arnold: Hands
DeMarcus Crane: Tackling

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TICKET PRICES:

Ticket Price: $250

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PR CAMPAIGNS:

Jose Pruitt - $2 million
Tag Line: "The Firestarter"
(1 million) Commercial: The way Pruitt was handled last year in Pearl Harbor is no secret, so the commercial is going to highlight that in a way. It will start by showing clips of Pruitt succeeding on completing passes and running the ball followed by a few on-field hardships (over exaggerated of course). The main purpose of the commercial is to eventually show Jose Pruitt having the football snapped to him, he takes a few steps back and a fire wall appears in front of him. He takes a step forward, through the fire and fires a hot pass to a receiver. It signifies Pruitt being reborn through the flames, much like his HIFL career will be reborn with the Rapid City Inferno.
(500K) Merchandise: T-Shirt's will be sold in sporting good stores and at the stadium shops that say "The Firestarter" on the front, with Pruitts name and number on the back. We will also have a selection of T-shirts with an alternate tag line on them, ones that say "Nothing To It But To Pruitt".
(500K) The Pruitt Experience: In the stadium we will have an interactive zone where fans can throw footballs through designated targets, taking on the role of the first Inferno QB, Jose Pruitt.

Jeremy Martin - $5 million
Tag Line: "Back of the Future"
(2 million) Commercial: Another of the Inferno's TV Campaigns to promote the first season, this one features the Season 6 first overall pick Jeremy Martin blazing through defenses and causing blockers to miss their tackles. As he runs, the opposition starts to move slower as Martin keeps the same speed. At one point, Martin disappears into a white flash, ending up in the end zone with the defense left in his dust. At the end of the commercial, "Back of the Future: Coming Season 6 and Beyond"
(1 million) Promo Night: The first home game of the season with be Jeremy Martin Jersey Night, where the first 40,000 fans will receive a Jeremy Martin jersey style T-Shirt.
(750K) Billboards: A series of billboards highlighting Jeremy Martin in Inferno colors, promoting him and the team and accompanied with the quotes "Come See the Future" and "The Future is Now"
(500K) Media Frenzy: In an effort to get Martin's face out there as one of the faces of our franchise, we are going to spend some dough to get Martin all over the media. Radio interviews, TV morning show interviews, podcast appearances, public appearances. Anything we can do to get his face out there, we are going to do so.
(500K) Autographed Jersey Giveaway: We will promote that at our first four home games, we will give away one Jeremy Martin autographed jersey for each Touchdown that J-Mart scores. It will be a random seat selected at each game for each touchdown.
(250K) Pre-Season Autograph Session: We want to get Jeremy Martin's face out there, so a bit of his PR will go towards organizing an autograph session before the season starts where he will meet some of the fans and sign some autographs.

Clint Dickey - $2 million
Tag Line: "Cool Hand Clint"
(1 million) Commercial: Paying homage to a classic movie, we will show Clint Dickey making catch after catch, never dropping one, even taking some nearly impossible catches away from the waiting hands of defenders. At the end, a voice over will say "nothing beats the cool hand".
(500K) Written Ad Campaign: Full page ads in the newspapers all around the Dakotas to promote the first season of the Inferno, featuring Clint Dickey in a still of him making an incredible catch.
(500K) Advertising: We're going to promote our receiving corps with advertisements that have Clint Dickey, Joseph Dobbins and Shaun Doe on it, along with the words "Dickey, Dobbins and Doe: Oh My!"

Ralph Nutter - $1 million
Tag Line: "Pillar of Fire"
(500K) Billboards: With Nutter being another 1st round pick, we will showcase him on a few billboards. With his blocking prowess, the billboards will show an imposing Ralph Nutter with the accompanying quote of "Who Will Test The Pillar of Fire?"
(500K) Nutter Butter Burger: We will make the Nutter Butter Burger available at select concession stands in our stadium. Basically, it will be a deep friend hamburger. Nothing overly crazy, but something that

Aaron Milliken - $1 million
Tag Line: "Big Air Aaron"
(500K) Video Package: To be played before all home games, we will show highlights of Milliken making big plays in college, ending the package with the words "Come for the game, stay for the big play".
(500K) Trip Draw: During the season, whenever Aaron makes a big play on defense or special teams, one lucky fan will have their name entered into a draw where one fan will receive a trip to training camp the following year.

ADDITIONAL TEAM PR (3 million):

(500K) Ticket Giveaway: In the weeks leading up to the first home game of the regular season, we will be giving away a pair of tickets a day through local sports radio shows. This will help to promote the inaugural season of the Rapid City Inferno.

(2.5 million) Pre-Season Concert: We are going to spend 2.5 million to hold a pre-season concert outside the Studio B stadium prior to the first game of the season. We will have local bands as well as some more well known acts on hand for some live music, as well as some merchandise stands to sell some exclusive merchandise. We will also have some of the players appear on stage between acts to hype up the crowd for the upcoming season. This concert will serve the purpose of building excitement for the Inferno franchise and season.

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LOCK IN
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 10, 2015, 03:04:36 PM
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Here is the report on our team following Training Camp sir.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2015, 07:50:51 PM
WELCOME TO SEASON 6
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2015, 11:45:12 PM
Can I speak with Head Coach McCarthy, please?

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Coach, how's it going? The beginning of the franchise is upon us and I can't wait to see what we are capable of doing. Our offense looks excellent and sets us up to focus on the defense in the upcoming draft. I know you and coach Barbour had some differing opinions on a few players, but I'm thinking we can sort some of that out before the pre season games and even during, see which of the players really shines and earns their spot in those two games.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2015, 11:50:40 PM
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Sounds good to me, I am excited for this first step in the franchise's history.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 28, 2015, 02:48:53 PM
I'm excited for the first steps as well, coach. Looking forward to seeing what they are able to do.

I know you mentioned a few things in your training camp report, which I am very thankful for, but I just wanted to see if there is anything else you wanted to talk about before I speak to the rest of the coaches. Anything else you noticed that we should keep an eye on?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 28, 2015, 07:19:00 PM

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Nothing at this time, I put all my stuff into the report.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 28, 2015, 08:06:46 PM
Sounds good coach, just wanted to be sure. Thanks for stopping in to speak with me.

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May I speak with Offensive Coordinator Patrick McCarthy, please?

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Patrick, how are things going? Enjoyed what you had to say in your training camp report and I just wanted to discuss the one question you brought up about John Brogan being named a captain. I guess you could say it was a bit of strategy on my part, but I also liked his leadership and am looking for him to be an integral part of this team, even as a back up. I felt like having him as the captain would do just that, as well as maybe helping Martin along during his rookie season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 28, 2015, 08:18:57 PM
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Ah ok, that makes sense.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 28, 2015, 08:25:00 PM
There was a method to my madness.

Did you have any other concerns coming out of camp? The offense seems like it could be pretty fun to run this season, but I wanted to see if you had anything else you wanted to talk about.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 28, 2015, 08:28:16 PM
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No sir, I am just anxious to see our boys get out and play some ball.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 28, 2015, 08:39:08 PM
Awesome, just wanted to clear up the whole captain thing with you before the pre-season started. Thanks for your time, Patrick.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Hey coach, how are things going? I got your report after training camp and just wanted to maybe go over a few of the things you mentioned. I know you and Bernard had a difference of opinion about some of the starters, but I was thinking, what if we put the guys out on a rotation for the pre-season games to see who deserves to start. Let them show that they should. More so when it comes to the defensive line. What do you think about that? Gives everyone a fair chance to show us what they've got in a game action.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 28, 2015, 10:40:33 PM
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Sounds ok, but I've never been confused with Wade Thomas, "fair" isn't a priority for me.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 28, 2015, 11:21:43 PM
I feel it will also get everyone some reps before the season, make sure they are all ready to go.

I do agree with you about the corners though. Dropping Milliken back would be a good idea to give us the best coverage for the dime. And I feel Tong has at least one more season in him as a starter, maybe more.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 28, 2015, 11:26:47 PM
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Right on, we'll go with your plan for preseason, I'm cool with that.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 28, 2015, 11:29:38 PM
Awesome sounds good, coach.

Anything else you want to talk about? I know our defense is a project, a work in progress, as you said earlier in the off season, and I plan to use the upcoming offseason to focus on improving the defense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 28, 2015, 11:33:46 PM

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I'm good man, not worried about anything.  We're going to build a winning defense over time and I'm just ready to see real football again.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 01, 2015, 03:39:32 PM
I like that attitude, coach.

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Let's get all the coaches in here.

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Alright gentlemen, I'd like to start by thanking you all for your input these past few weeks. It definitely shows me that we've got a staff that cares deeply about this franchise.

I don't want to distract the players and keep them from their training. I want them to focus on getting ready for the season. Let's keep things relatively the same that we would in the season, maybe with more rest here and there for some of the more key players. I trust you guys to make the calls on that, maybe get everyone involved, especially in our defense. Let's see what we have on the defensive side of things going into the season after some game time.

Rotation - Balanced
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Chart - Other then what we discussed previously, coaches decision

Lock in.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 05, 2015, 05:43:04 PM
END OF PRESEASON PRESS CONFERENCE

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1. How did you feel your offseason went?
2. After seeing them in camp and in pre-season, do you think you have any stand out rookies?
3. Did you have any position battles in camp/preseason?  How did they turn out?
4. What was the highlight, and what was the lowlight of your preseason games?
5. What is this teams biggest challenge going into the season?
6. Where do you predict this team finishes at the end of the season?




REMEMBER TO WAIT FOR YOUR COACH TO APPROACH YOU, DUE TO THE MEDIA'S ABILITY TO ASK FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 12:22:34 PM
1. How did you feel your offseason went?

"As an expansion team, I feel the off season went great. We managed to build the offense that the Inferno fans will love, and managed to grab some pieces to build for the future. Getting the number one overall pick in the amateur draft didn't hurt either."

2. After seeing them in camp and in pre-season, do you think you have any stand out rookies?

"One of the rookies that stood out to me was Jeremy Martin, since he was doing everything he could to get involved. However I think all of the rookies had their moments and showed that they would be able to help this team positively going forward."

3. Did you have any position battles in camp/preseason?  How did they turn out?

"I don't know if I'd say we had any position battles. We wanted to get a better look at the defense to be sure what we had going in. I wouldn't call them straight up position battles though. As for how they turned out, I enjoyed what our defense did in those two games, and will discuss with the coaching staff about the rest going forward."

4. What was the highlight, and what was the lowlight of your preseason games?

"The highlight for me was watching our first overall pick perform in an actual game. He was everything we thought we were getting against two great teams. I wouldn't say there was a low light to the preseason, though. There's nothing I saw that made me worry or that upset me."

5. What is this teams biggest challenge going into the season?

"The consensus outside the organization is that our defense will be our biggest challenge and compared to our offense, I can see that being the case. It might not seem as strong to some, but I'm confident that it isn't going to be as weak as everyone seems to think it is."

6. Where do you predict this team finishes at the end of the season?

"Looking into the season I predict this team to be competitive all year. We have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, and I think we will be poised to upset some teams playoff aspirations."
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 03:26:49 PM
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Martin looked special.  I think we can see we made the right choice..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 03:36:42 PM
We definitely did. He looked really good out there with his dual threat ability in catching and running. I'm glad we made him the first overall pick.

Anything else stand out to you coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 03:43:27 PM
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Jose looked comfortable with Dobbins and Dickey already.  We played well against a strong New Jersey team, even if it's "just" preseason..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 03:49:51 PM
I noticed Jose's comfort level as well. He seemed confident that when he threw the ball to either of them, they would catch it. I also like how we spread the ball around in the air, kept them guessing. Might just be "pre-season" but I think we played really well in both games.

Our offense seemed to hold their own pretty well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 03:55:55 PM
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That is what we wanted to see, I am very happy with our preseason..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 03:57:40 PM
So am I, coach. I had visions of a fast high scoring offense and I believe we have built an offense that is capable of that.

Were there any concerns you had with the team? Anything we need to address before we kick things off?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 03:59:25 PM
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I've got nothing.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 04:47:14 PM
Sounds good, coach. I'll let you begin planning for the season while I speak with the others.

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Coach Patrick McCarthy please.

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Hey coach. The preseason has come and gone and I thought the offense looked pretty good. What were your takeaways from the two preseason games?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 05:32:01 PM
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We took DC to Overtime, which was awesome, I thought everyone played a great game with Dobbins and even Mullins being big contributors..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 05:44:47 PM
I did like the contribution that Dobbins and Mullins provided. I liked how the ball was spread around and got everyone involved. Showed me that we have a lot more weapons then I might have previously thought.

What did you make or our offensive line?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 05:53:39 PM
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I was happy with what I saw.  We gave up some sacks in the first game but they blitzed some so its not all the line's fault there..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 06:00:01 PM
Yeah the line looked pretty good in those two games, I was happy with what I saw. They gave Pruitt the opportunities he needed to make the throws.

Was there anything you saw out there that you felt we should focus on? Anything troubling?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 06:04:12 PM
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Nope, not yet.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 06:10:52 PM
Excellent. I didn't think our offense was going to be much of a worry heading into the season, unless an injury popped up but everything seems pretty good coming out of camp and preseason.

Thanks for your time, Patrick. I'll let you get back to things.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Hello coach, how are you doing? Wanted to get your takeaways from preseason. How's our defense looking?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 06:49:59 PM
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I saw a lot of potential.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 07:06:26 PM
Awesome. One question I had for you, is about the depth chart for the defense. Before the preseason you were saying that Nesmith and Tong should stick in the starting line ups. Have your thoughts changed on that after seeing the guys in action?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 07:48:55 PM
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Two games wasn't going to change my mind boss.  I can evaluate them over the first 3-4 games of this year and decide, if that's cool with you..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2015, 08:03:04 PM
By all means, take the time you need to evaluate them. As I said the last time we spoke, doing so allows us to see what we have to work with for this year and beyond. 3-4 games should be ample time to evaluate them.

Like you said, the defense has a lot of potential, and I know you're the man to bring that potential out of them.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 06, 2015, 08:11:23 PM
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Thanks boss, I appreciate you trusting me.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 07, 2015, 04:25:51 PM
You're welcome, coach. Looking forward to seeing what you are able to do with the defense. I'll let you go so you can begin preparing.

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Let's speak with Head Coach McCarthy one more time.

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Coach, before we get settled in for the first game of the season, I just wanted to check in with you. I wasn't planning to make any big changes to the lineups and depth charts, but I wanted to get your take on it. See a need for any changes or are we good as is?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 07, 2015, 05:56:26 PM
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I am still not sold on Tong, but that's up to you.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 07, 2015, 06:04:08 PM
I figured as much, coach. I was speaking with coach Barbour and he suggested we give them another few games before we make a true decision one way or another. See exactly what we're working with and see if Tong has it or doesn't have it. Does that sound good to you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 07, 2015, 06:34:58 PM
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Like I said, its up to you, that's fine with me.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 10, 2015, 09:13:42 AM
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...anything else?  Or are you busy watching basketball?
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 10, 2015, 02:50:50 PM
My apologies coach. Got lost thinking about how great our offense could be with you and Patrick at the helm.

But enough dreaming. It's time to get this show started!

Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart: A bit more rotation in the defensive backfield to see what we have (as discussed with coach Barbour), otherwise coaches decision.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 13, 2015, 08:31:07 PM
WEEK 1 PRESS CONFERENCE

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK, YOUR ESPN NEWS, AND WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE CLUB
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 13, 2015, 10:59:11 PM
Week one is in the books and while it might not have had the desired outcome of a win, there were a lot of positives that can be built upon for this franchise. The team played well out there, for the most part, and kept us in the game up until the final quarter. Jeremy Martin had a lot to do with that with his electric performance to start his career and I think that's just the beginning. The kid has a bright future and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does each and every game. Sure there are some areas that didn't excel this week, but you've also got to tip your hat to your opponents every now and again. Just means we will have to work harder to be ready for the next game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 13, 2015, 11:43:00 PM
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What did you learn about your team after week 1?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 14, 2015, 05:24:40 AM
I learned that our offense is not one dimensional. What I mean is that, sure, Pruitt might not have had a great game, but we were still in the game thanks to our dynamic rookie running back Jeremy Martin and our kicker Andrew Hernandez. We didn't die instantly because Pruitt didn't throw a touch down, we just went with a different game plan. We have all the weapons we need to succeed on offense, and when they all come together at the same time, this is going to be a scary good offense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 14, 2015, 10:24:15 AM
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Well, not the start we wanted... but I saw some good things out there.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 14, 2015, 02:59:54 PM
I agree coach. Martin showed us why he was worth the number one pick, and really, once Pruitt clicks, this is going to be a dynamic offense. Even our defense kept us in the game up until that last quarter. Definitely some positives for us, which will help us going forward this year and beyond.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 14, 2015, 10:55:59 PM
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I don't see any reason to change anything, I'll be heading to practice.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 15, 2015, 05:20:55 AM
I don't see anything to change either coach. I'll get the lock in information to you shortly.

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Can I speak to Jeremy Martin, please?

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J-Mart, how's it going? Just wanted to say, great first game of your HIFL career. You really showed everyone that you are just as good as advertised. I loved what I saw out there as you carved up the defense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 15, 2015, 10:38:27 AM
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It felt great boss, I'm loving it here in the league!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 15, 2015, 02:39:00 PM
And we love having you here in Rapid City. Glad to see you're having fun. I'll let you get back to practice, I just wanted to say great job week one, looking forward to seeing what you can do next week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 15, 2015, 02:52:53 PM
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Thanks.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 15, 2015, 02:57:40 PM
Coach Barbour please.

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Hey coach. The defense looked good out there in the first game. Nothing mind blowing but they kept us in the game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 16, 2015, 01:03:01 AM

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You are factually correct...
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 17, 2015, 01:00:54 PM
Was there anything that stood out to you that we might need to address? Or are we pretty set heading into our 2nd game?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 18, 2015, 12:45:42 AM

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Ready to roll boss. Things look set.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 18, 2015, 08:08:14 AM
Awesome, coach.

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Let's get the other coaches in here as well.

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Alright, gentlemen. I liked what I saw out there in our first game so I'm not going to change anything up. Let's go out there and get that first win for this franchise.

Rotation - Balanced
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Chart - Coaches Decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 21, 2015, 10:37:42 PM
WEEK 2 PRESS CONFERENCE

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 21, 2015, 11:51:08 PM
What a game that was. Both teams fought hard, but in the end, it was our Inferno that came out on top in thrilling fashion. Not only that, but the victory earned this franchise it's first ever win. The team fought hard all game, matching Oakland's scores and with some clutch play by Abraham Bittner and some excellent plays made on that final drive by Jose Pruitt, we managed to fight off a very tough Silverbacks team. I also want to give credit to Andrew Hernandez for a near perfect performance. Their defense was tough on us, but he was able to nail down the majority of his kicks to keep us building towards that final series. It was a great game by the entire team.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 22, 2015, 09:09:53 AM
What did you think of Jeremy Martin's second week of action?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 22, 2015, 09:16:04 AM
I loved what I saw out there from Jeremy. He might not have racked up the 140 plus yards that he did in the first week, but this week he showed his dual threat ability. Not only did he run for 70 plus yards, but he also caught about 70 as well. And that could pose problems for teams down the line once Jeremy becomes even more comfortable in the HIFL.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 22, 2015, 09:51:32 AM
"Long Beach has struggled to stop the run this season ranking dead last in the league.  Do you expect your team to pound the ball?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 22, 2015, 10:07:30 AM
I expect the coaches to do what is best for the team. With the talent we have at running back, it wouldn't surprise me if we pounded the ball. We all saw what Martin was capable of in the first game, and with Brogan there too, we have the weapons to cause problems for Long Beach. But we also have a lot of weapons in the air that can be equally as deadly.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 22, 2015, 02:24:17 PM

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Our first HIFL win!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 22, 2015, 10:46:47 PM
Damn right coach! It feels great to get that first win as a franchise. Hats off to you and the other coaches for all the work getting to it.

Anything you want to talk about this week?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 23, 2015, 03:08:48 AM
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Not much, but I want to give Martin and Brogan a bigger workload this week.  If we can become the firs expansion team to defeat a reigning Impact Bowl champion, it will really show we are the best of the new teams.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 23, 2015, 08:04:46 AM
Read my mind coach. I feel with the running attack we have, and with the defense we're facing, we could exploit that for some good gains. I'd love to be the first expansion team to beat the reigning Impact Bowl champions.

Outside of running the ball more, I don't know if there's too much else to change heading into game 3. Just got to take care of a few things and then we should be good to go.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 23, 2015, 12:17:24 PM
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Sounds good.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 23, 2015, 02:50:26 PM
Excellent, coach. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Can I speak with coach Patrick McCarthy, please?

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Patrick, how's it going? Now that we're two games in, I wanted to get your thoughts on the offense. Anything you see that we might need to shore up?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 23, 2015, 05:02:38 PM
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No.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 25, 2015, 02:34:11 AM
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I expect Jeremy to find success against Long Beach, but I am worried our pass game will struggle.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 25, 2015, 05:12:03 AM
I think Jeremy will find good success on the ground as well. Do you think the pass will struggle due to the defense we are facing or because of something else?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 25, 2015, 10:06:53 AM
 
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Long Beach has a deceptively good pass defense I think, but then again I hear they are in turmoil... so maybe we destroy them.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 25, 2015, 04:28:55 PM
It's always possible. I know the head coach wanted to run it more this week, so perhaps our air time will be limited to keeping them honest. Regardless of how you guys do it, I have faith in the two of you.

I'll let you get back, just going to do one more thing before we lock in.

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Can I please speak to Jose Pruitt?

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Jose, how's it going? Welcome to Rapid City, and I'm glad to have you on board. You've got that ability to control a game and rack up some great yards through the air, that will definitely help this team going forward. I just wanted to see how you were getting along so far this season, see if there was anything you wanted to speak about.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 25, 2015, 04:32:56 PM
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I am doing well so far.  I like this offense and I look forward to making us into a winner going forward boss.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 25, 2015, 04:37:33 PM
As do I, Jose. I really like what you've been able to do so far with the offense, especially Clint, Joseph and Jeremy. Looking forward to everything going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 25, 2015, 05:01:13 PM
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Wait until we beat Long Beach... We got something special cooked up.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 25, 2015, 05:42:43 PM
Can't wait, Jose. I'll let you head back to practice.

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Let's get all the coaches back in here.

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Alright, gentlemen, big test this week with the Impact champions but I know you guys will have everything cooking to help us get a win. I'm going to leave everything in your hands this week, let's go out there and run the ball down the throats of the Mermen.

Rotation - Coaches Decision
Tempo - Coaches Decision
Depth Chart - Coaches Decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 26, 2015, 03:39:56 PM
WEEK 3 PRESS CONFERENCE

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK, YOUR ESPN NEWS, AND WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE CLUB
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 26, 2015, 10:52:51 PM
What a fantastic week for this franchise and what a fantastic game.

Long Beach gave us hell, but this team stuck with the game plan, kept plugging away and managed to pull out a thrilling come from behind victory over the reigning Impact Bowl champions. It was a great well rounded game with everyone getting their touches and everyone contributing on the field. With each week that goes by this team begins to work better and better as a unit. Everything seemed to come together this week, and one especially great moment, was that interception return by Luis Brown. I love what I'm seeing from Brown, and he's managed to grab an interception each game, but none was bigger then that fourth quarter grab. I agree with what coach Barbour said. Brown is having a fantastic year and I'm glad to see him do it as a veteran member of this Inferno franchise.

The one downside to the week was losing Henry Mullins. His contributions will be missed, and we hope he has a speedy recovery and is ready to rock when he's healthy.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 01:06:45 AM
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Any worry or nerves about this weeks game, your teams first time playing in prime-time?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 05:09:06 AM
Not really. A game is a game no matter what time it is played at. I'm sure that the guys on this team will be ready to bring it come game time, and with their focus on the Atlanta Warriors team, any nerves or worry will be forgotten.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 11:40:22 AM
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Did you expect to have the Second ranked Run game in the league after the first three weeks of the season with a rookie featured back?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 02:29:20 PM
We knew we had something special when we drafted Jeremy, and knew that he would contribute in a big way right out of the gate. Second ranked might not have been where I initially saw us after 3 games, but I knew we would be in the top half of the league when it came to our rush game. We've just got so many weapons there with Jeremy, John Brogan, James Cody and even Jose Pruitt who is capable of running the ball if push comes to shove.

It's fantastic to see on a weekly basis.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 02:49:17 PM

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I am definitely pleased with our start.  A win over Atlanta in prime time would be great for our fan base though.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 02:54:12 PM
I'm liking our start too, coach. I think with the versatility this team has on offense, and with you and Patrick there, we can cause fits for any team, including Atlanta.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 03:24:38 PM
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I think so too.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 03:27:57 PM
I don't see a need to change much this week. I'm going to leave the game calling in your hands again this week. So unless there's anything you'd like to discuss, I will let you get back to practice, make sure the guys are ready to give the fans something to be really excited about.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 03:37:46 PM
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We'll bring the fire!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 03:45:29 PM
That's what I like to hear coach!

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Can I speak with Luis Brown please?

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Luis how's it going? I've got to say, awesome job this season so far. You're really firing on all cylinders out there. And that pick 6 last week? Perfect. Got us right back into the game. I'm really liking what I'm seeing from you.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 03:48:17 PM
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Glad you like it dude, I'm playing some of my best ball of my life right now.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 03:51:58 PM
Just keep doing what you're doing out there, man, and there's no doubt that will continue. Thanks for stopping by, Luis. Just wanted to say good job this season and I look forward to seeing what else you've got to show us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 03:56:01 PM
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You know it.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 03:58:55 PM
I'll let you get back to practice, Luis.

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Can I please speak with John Brogan?

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John, how are you doing? How's life in Rapid City treating you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 04:14:17 PM
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It's treating me well boss.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 04:30:53 PM
Great to hear. I've liked what I've seen of you so far this season out there, you and Martin work well off one another, and I've also liked what you've said. The comments you made before training camp have not been forgotten about by me, and it's that kind of attitude that I love to see in a player.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 04:49:18 PM
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I think we have a good thing going, I just want to play my part in our success..
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 04:53:04 PM
And you're doing just that.

Anything else you want to talk about before I let you get back to practice?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 05:07:15 PM
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I've been looking for a new dog... I don't want a big monster but I ain't no punk either, what should I get?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 05:21:16 PM
I guess it depends where you draw that line on monstrous. I've known some intimidating yet friendly rottweilers.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 05:28:43 PM
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Rottweiler is on my list.  I just didn't want a giant ass St. Bernard, you feel me or a Great Dane.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 05:31:02 PM
Definitely. Those are way too big. I've always been partial to rottweilers myself.

If anything else comes to me I will get in touch with you. As for now, I will let you get to practice.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 27, 2015, 05:32:04 PM
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Right on.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 27, 2015, 05:40:25 PM
Take care John.

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Let's get the coaches in here.

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Alright coaches, big win last week, though we can't rest on that. We've got a lot of positives on this team and I think it wouldn't help to tear them away. So I am going to keep things the same as last week, which is to say that it's in your hands. Let's light a fire under the fans with another win.

Rotation - Coaches Decision
Tempo - Coaches Decision
Depth Chart - Coaches Decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 29, 2015, 10:46:14 PM
WEEK 4 PRESS CONFERENCE

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK, YOUR ESPN NEWS, AND WHERE YOU BELIEVE YOUR TEAM STANDS AFTER A QUARTER WAY THROUGH THE SEASON...
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 29, 2015, 11:11:40 PM
What a fantastic game that was from start to finish. We came out firing with everything we had and managed to rack up 61 points on an intimidating defense which is no easy feat. But just like last week against Long Beach, we had a complete effort from the entire team. Our offense was spreading the ball around in the air and on the ground and our defense was causing havoc for the Atlanta offense. Last week it was Luis Brown making a statement with his performance and this week he made a whole bunch of statements with his 5 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. I'm loving what he's been doing and it's great to see him do it in Rapid City. But let's not forget about John Tongs own pick six. All three of those defensive touchdowns helped us reach those 61 points.

I know a lot of people didn't expect us to be sitting at 3-1 but myself and our coaching staff knew that it was possible. We sit in a great position heading forward and are going to continue to prepare for the rest of the season like we have so far, allowing our guys to go out there and do what they do best.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 29, 2015, 11:36:46 PM
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Who has been the most impressive player for you on offense and defense so far this year?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 29, 2015, 11:47:46 PM
It's tough because as I've said, this team has given a complete performance this season and a lot of people have impressed me.

But to name two for you, I think it's safe to say that Luis Brown has impressed me immensely on defense. We knew he was talented, and he's been playing some amazing defense for us this season. 7 interceptions and 3 touchdowns in his past 2 games? Can't turn your nose up at that.

On offense, I know it seems like a safe answer, but Jeremy Martin has impressed me. Our receivers have done a great job at making big plays, but I'll give the edge to our rookie running back who is all that was advertised and then some. He's just always in the thick of things and has shown a very mature personality off the field as well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 30, 2015, 12:25:31 AM
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What are your thoughts on the league's suspensions of Stephen Cotter and Dorial Green-Beckham. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 30, 2015, 08:24:05 AM
When it comes to Cotter, the league has its stance on PED's and they acted within that stance with their suspension. Should it be more? Perhaps. Should they look at the rest of the team? Perhaps. I do feel that their immediate suspension is the best way to go, though so I commend the league on sticking to their policies and suspending Cotter.

With Dorial Green-Beckham, I feel as though they dropped the ball a bit. Rather then leave the initial punishment up to the GM, the league should have stepped in right away. That is nothing against the Pearl Harbor GM, I just feel as though the league should have stepped in with their suspension and/or fine right away, especially when it comes to the unspeakable comments Green-Beckham made.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 30, 2015, 12:36:17 PM
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What a week!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 30, 2015, 12:42:18 PM
It was a fantastic week, coach! The team just seems to one up themselves each week. Our defensive backfield is making statements and Pruitt seems to be coming around a bit. Everything seems to be clicking right now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 30, 2015, 12:54:11 PM
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I agree, it was a great all around performance. I believe with Pruitt getting more comfortable we might get to see Clint Dickey break out soon... I hope so anyways, the kid is explosive.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 30, 2015, 12:57:25 PM
I agree coach. Pruitt's games have gotten better and I think in due time we will see Dickey break out. It helps that we have a few other receivers there to take some of the pressure off of him, like Dobbins who had an impressive game last week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 30, 2015, 02:31:50 PM
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He made a lot out of his 3 catches, that is for sure.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 30, 2015, 07:27:36 PM
He definitely did.

I dont think there are any big changes to be made. With the way we are playing i feel like we should keep things going and not rock the boat with any huge personnel shifts.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 30, 2015, 10:06:48 PM
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I agree, 100%.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 31, 2015, 01:58:04 AM
Excellent coach. Im just going to talk to a few of the guys and then we should be good to go. I will let you get to practice.

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Luis Brown please.

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Luis, my man. I know we just talked last week, but after the game you had against Atlanta i just had to congratulate you. 5 interceptions and 2 touchdowns? Fantastic!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 31, 2015, 08:33:30 AM
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Man, I don't know how long this is going to last, but I'm going to ride this wave of good play as long as I can man.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 31, 2015, 10:42:33 AM
Excellent Luis. Its like i said last week, just keep doing what youre doing. Im loving what ive seen.

I will let you get back to practice though.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Coach, great job last.week with the defence. Youve really got them clicking and working as a unit to cause some timely turnovers. And that Luis Brown, wow, hes doing something special right now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 31, 2015, 11:55:14 AM
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Thanks boss, I've been happy with our play over the past few weeks and yeah, Luis is really showing up big.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 31, 2015, 12:28:26 PM
Ive been happy with the defense as well.

One question i had for you, coach. Our run defense, is this something we could reasonably improve through a trade and/or free agents this year or is it best to let the guys we have roll and see what we can do in the off season? Im not looking to force a change or anything just getting a feel for how we can take that next step as a team.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 31, 2015, 02:35:35 PM
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We could use an upgrade over Nesmith, but I don't think there is much in free agency that would really make a difference.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 31, 2015, 10:58:01 PM
Fair enough. I will have to keep my ears and eyes open to the trade market and see if anything comes up, but I'm in no rush to find someone right now. It doesn't seem like a replacement is needed ASAP or anything, just gives me an idea of where to go at that position in the future.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 31, 2015, 11:37:37 PM
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Yeah, he isn't costing us, but he is not a guy we should have in our very long term plans. We're on the same page.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 01, 2015, 03:42:17 PM
We definitely are. With the way the expansion draft and amateur draft shook out for us, we are in a good spot to focus on defense more than offense next off season.

In any case, coach, thanks for your time. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Hello again coach. Before we lock ourselves in for the next game I just wanted to see if there was anything else you wanted to talk about?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 01, 2015, 10:33:24 PM
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Well, I hear through the rumor mill that someone is saying Jeremy isn't as clean as we thought he was..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 01, 2015, 10:38:44 PM
Well that's news to me, coach. Where abouts did you hear these rumours?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 01, 2015, 10:40:59 PM
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The Grape Vine... not that irritating blog run by that little punk from Benchwarmers, but the actual grape vine, word travels fast in the HIFL, be nice to be able to prepare for the questions before they're asked..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 01, 2015, 10:43:47 PM
I'll have to do some digging myself but I hadn't heard anything. Thanks for the heads up coach. Do you think this is something we have to nip in the bud before it gets out of hand? Or is it best to wait until it becomes something more than a rumour?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 01, 2015, 10:45:18 PM
 
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I wouldn't address it unless it comes up, but when it comes up it'd be good to have an idea of what we're going to say.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 01, 2015, 10:49:52 PM
That's a good point. Perhaps it's worth it to speak with Jeremy before we go any farther. I don't know if that would solve anything but the other option would be to make sure he's clean. But that might raise suspicion through that very grape vine.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 01, 2015, 10:51:06 PM

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Yeah, I wouldn't do too much digging, we wouldn't want it too look like we're covering something up.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 01, 2015, 10:55:50 PM
Yeah, don't want to throw up any unnecessary red flags. I think I'll hold off talking to Jeremy about it just yet. Thanks for the heads up though, coach. Gets me prepared for whenever that question comes up, if it ever does.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 01, 2015, 10:58:13 PM
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Yep
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 01, 2015, 11:01:36 PM
Getting us back towards this week, I think we're in agreement that we don't need to make any big changes. Before we lock in, I'll run this by you.

Rotation - Balance
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategies - Coaches Decision

How does that look to you, coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 01, 2015, 11:11:20 PM
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Works for me.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 01, 2015, 11:18:33 PM
Well then let's go ahead and roll with it and continue to give these fans of ours something to cheer for.

Rotation - Balance
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategies - Coaches Decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 07, 2015, 02:07:45 AM
WEEK 5 PRESS CONFERENCE

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK. THEY WAIT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR ESPN NEWS, YOUR UPCOMING OPPONENT, YOUR THOUGHTS ON MAKING A TRADE GOING FORWARD, AND YOUR CHANCES OF ACHIEVING YOUR OWNER GOALS FROM THE START OF THE SEASON.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 07, 2015, 10:42:08 AM
Another great week for this team as once again we put forward a full team effort and managed to take home the victory over San Antonio. Our running game was explosive and timely all game, and our passing game was also very effective. Our defense kept the game from getting out of hand and gave us the opportunity to pull out the victory in the final few moments of the game. I've loved what I've seen all season from this team, as we continue to impress.

One of the keys to our victory was the play of John Brogan. When we brought him in, we knew he would be two things. A great veteran presence in the locker room and a perfect complement to Jeremy Martin. And I think this past week proved just that. With Martin getting the majority of the attention from the defense, Brogan was able to be quite productive in those two RB sets, especially on that last play. He has done great things for this team, and I only see that continuing as the season goes on.

Looking ahead, when it comes to trades, there is always the possibility that we could make some to improve this team. Nothing has been imminent of course and I don't want to make a move for the sake of making a move, but I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't have my ear to the wire checking in on various possibilities. At the beginning of the season I was tasked with making this franchise better, and I think up to this point, we are right in line with those expectations, if not surpassing some of the expectations put onto this team by some of the critics out there. A trade could help us achieve that goal going forward.

Next week sees us taking on the Scorpions in what should be another good game. It's going to be a tough one, but with the way this team has been playing lately, I'm sure we will be able to give Las Vegas fits and give us a great chance to win.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 07, 2015, 02:28:55 PM
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That was a helluva game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 07, 2015, 05:32:26 PM
It was a heckuva a game, that's for sure. I like how this team doesn't give up until the final whistle. Kudos to you and the coaching staff for keeping them in a game, even if things are getting tight. And how about Martin? Really was there on both sides of the ball for us, what with Dickey getting a bit banged up.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 07, 2015, 06:24:47 PM
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He was the heart of the team this week, undoubtedly.  The kid has heart.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 07, 2015, 07:59:43 PM
The kid has great heart, it's great to see each week. What I also enjoyed seeing was Jose Pruitt having another great game. No interceptions and he was moving the ball down the field once more.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 07, 2015, 08:27:07 PM
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Yes he was, it was a great showing across the board for the offense..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 07, 2015, 08:32:47 PM
It definitely was. And our defense wasn't too shabby either. I'm really liking how this teams coming together.

One last thing coach. I know this past week we went with a more balanced rotation. Do you think there's any benefit to our team running with a rotation that features our starters more? Or is the balanced rotation the best option heading forward?


Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 07, 2015, 10:14:30 PM
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Not a huge difference I don't think, I'd prefer mostly starters, but it's not a big deal to me..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 07, 2015, 10:30:15 PM
Noted coach. I will probably go that way moving forward. But that's all I had for you as of right now. I'll let you head back to practice.

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Can I speak with Dr. Bernie Embers please?

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Dr. Embers, how are you doing? I noticed Pruitt and Dickey got a little banged up in the last game there, but wanted to make sure they, and everyone else, was good to go for the next game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 07, 2015, 11:40:01 PM
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They should be fine and good to go. Only Mullins is out.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 08, 2015, 02:36:03 PM
Thanks for the info, Doc.

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Can I speak with defensive captain John Tong, please?

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John, how's it going? Just wanted to say, you've done a good job for us in the backfield, picking off throws and deflecting passes, and the defense as a whole is playing well, keeping us in ball games. Just wanted to say job well done to you as both a player and the defensive captain.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 08, 2015, 03:25:55 PM
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Thank you man, appreciate the love.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 09, 2015, 09:34:18 PM
The love is well earned, John. Keep up the good work. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Let's gather the coaches please.

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Another great week, gentlemen. I'm liking what you've been able to do during games, keeping everything going, so let's keep it going this week. I'm going to once again leave the depth charts and strategies up to you guys, since it seems to be working so well. Let's go out there and give these fans another game to cheer for.

Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Charts/Strategies - Coaches Decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 11, 2015, 11:10:12 PM
WEEK 6 PRESS CONFERENCE

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 12, 2015, 05:30:37 AM
It was a tough week for the Inferno, picking up a loss to the Scorpions, but there are still a lot of things we as a franchise can learn from this game. We had some great performances all around the field, I just think that in the end, Las Vegas made more of their time with the ball then we did. We still made some great plays out there and there are a lot of positives we can take from a game like this. The key factor will be seeing how the team as a whole responds in our next game, how they pick themselves up from a loss and move forward.

It won't be easy as we head to St. Paul to face the Lynx, but I feel like these guys can rally together and continue to play some great football. We aren't 4-2 by accident, this team has the talent to win.

As for any other games that might have caught my eye, that Tombstone game definitely did. After watching Luis Brown set records with his five interceptions and 140 yards, watching Trevor Jose set a new record for most passing yards in a game is eye opening. Definitely something that catches your attention. Of course, I've also watched the game of our next opponent to give us an idea of what we are going to be up against.

The main talk of the week will probably be the owners meeting, and there's probably good reason with that. A stronger drug policy is probably the most important thing that could come out of that meeting, but there are probably a lot of other ideas and suggestions that could really add to the HIFL game.

But for us, right now we are focused on St. Paul.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 12, 2015, 02:00:24 PM
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Do you feel like St. Paul's record is a reflection of their talent, or are you expecting a tough game? 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 12, 2015, 02:49:30 PM
I'm expecting a tough game. I don't think their record is an accurate reflection of their talent, but more a reflection of some tough luck and bad luck. Once all of that talent starts to click together, they will be a tough team, and hopefully they click in week 8, after we've faced them.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 13, 2015, 10:48:40 AM
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We saw your run game stall for the first time, really.  How do you get Jeremy Martin and company rolling again against a stout and usually dominant defense? 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 13, 2015, 10:50:24 PM
We will continue to play hard and not give up. Even if their defense is tough against us, we will continue to fight. Maybe we will pass a bit more to keep them honest, maybe it's just a case of our offensive line doing that little bit extra to open a hole for our runners. I have full confidence in this team that we can find a way to continue to run the ball well, even against an possibly stout defense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 13, 2015, 11:02:03 PM
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Vegas really did a good job stopping Martin, I'm assuming it's because their coach was his coach last year, but hopefully other teams don't pick up on things they did..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 14, 2015, 05:18:57 AM
I'm hoping so too, coach. Hopefully we are able to rebound against St. Paul this week, even if their defense has the tendency to be tough. I think we should be able to overcome that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 14, 2015, 08:58:07 AM
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We have a lot of talent, I'm confident we'll rebound..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 14, 2015, 06:03:49 PM
Oh, so am I, coach. We've got a lot of talent on offense that we are able to attack in multiple ways, either on the ground or through the air.

Given how staunch the St. Paul defense can be, is there anything you feel we need to prepare for? Any alterations to the scheme or strategy to capitalize on some possible holes in their team?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 14, 2015, 09:44:04 PM
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They don't really have many holes on defense.  I think we should consider attacking more on defense though, put pressure on their pass game and shut down Slow Davis..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 14, 2015, 11:33:46 PM
That could work. Perhaps putting some pressure on their QB could help, given his earlier injury. I will talk to coach Barbour about specifics and what not, come up with a game plan going into the game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 14, 2015, 11:53:35 PM
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Okay.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 15, 2015, 12:31:35 AM
I will let you get back to practice, coach.

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Let's speak with coach Barbour please.

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Coach, first off, the defense is doing a great job out there. Still some areas we can improve on, but it's definitely keeping us in games. Great job there. Second thing I wanted to talk to you about is our upcoming game against St. Paul. While talking to Coach Bernard, he suggested - and I agree - that perhaps we should use our defense to put some pressure on their offense, make things happen in our favor on that side of the ball. Put pressure on the pass game and work to shut down their RB Davis.

I guess I come to you making sure this is something we could work to implement for this weeks game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 15, 2015, 09:30:41 AM
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Absolutely, I'm more of a coverage guy, but in situations like this I believe we can dial it up a bit and see if our secondary can work 1 on 1 and get some turnovers.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 15, 2015, 10:10:29 AM
Awesome. I just feel that with the way their defense is, our best bet might be to use our defense to try and cause some havoc to help us out. Perhaps even give us a bit of an edge.

Do I have to make any specific notes to the lock in, or should I just let you you and the staff handle all of that?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 15, 2015, 08:55:35 PM
 
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I would prefer that you explain what changes you want to make in your lock in.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 15, 2015, 11:57:17 PM
Sounds good coach. How detailed would you like me to be in that explanation? Is a brief recap of the plan alright or should I be specific with players and formations and percentages and whatnot?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 16, 2015, 12:00:26 AM

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Percentages for the formations would be great.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 16, 2015, 12:07:57 AM
Can do. Before I let you get back to practice, do you have any preference on what kind of percentages you would be comfortable running this week, given the change in our strategy.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 16, 2015, 03:19:43 PM
 
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Not really boss, you and Coach want to up the percentage, so I'll let you decide on that.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 16, 2015, 06:44:48 PM
Alright, I will put the details in the lock in. For now, I will let you get back to practice.

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Can I speak with Joseph Dobbins please?

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Joseph, how are you doing today? I just wanted to take a moment and commend you on some brilliant performances this season. I think that you are a great complement to Dickey, and have done a great job so far this season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 16, 2015, 07:11:18 PM

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Thanks boss, I know I'm not as young as I used to be and that I might never reach 1500 yards receiving again, but I love my role on this team and I am happy with what we're doing here.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 16, 2015, 07:16:55 PM
Glad to hear it, Joseph. You've done a great job at keeping their defense honest. If they try and keep Dickey down, you tend to go off for big gains, which I always love to see. We've got a nice mix of youth and experience, and your experience is definitely a vital commodity on this team. We love having you here in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 16, 2015, 07:39:11 PM
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  I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 16, 2015, 09:10:08 PM
And we wouldn't want you anywhere but here. Thanks for stopping by, Joseph.

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Coach Patrick McCarthy please.

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Patrick, how are you doing? I'm liking what I'm seeing out of the offense. Pruitt seems to have overcome those early game turnover woes and is finding the receivers when he throws. And of course, our running backs have done a tremendous job all season, whether that's Martin or Brogan. So kudos to you for your work with the offense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 16, 2015, 09:33:32 PM
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Thank you for those Kudos.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 16, 2015, 09:49:30 PM
You're welcome. I don't have anything negative to say, I just wanted to touch base with you. I feel you and your father have done a great job so just keep up the good work getting those guys ready.

One question I do have for you, is there any one area you'd like to see us improve on when it comes to offense? I'm going to look into doing some more scouting soon and would love your input.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 16, 2015, 09:54:34 PM
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I'd love to find a speed receiver in the slot, or a freak athlete at tight end if there is one.  A guy with speed and hands who can cause mismatches.

If we can find one of either of those then we can really set our offense for the future. Right now we have good talent on our offense, but I think we can really set our team for the future if we find one of these two types of players, preferably the speed slot receiver, since we lack the speed..

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 16, 2015, 10:13:50 PM
Thanks for the insight, coach. I will definitely keep those in mind while scouting and looking at improving this team heading forward.

I'll let you get back to practice.

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Let's speak with coach Bernard McCarthy, please.

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Alright coach, I spoke with coach Barbour and he was on board with our earlier discussion about upping our defensive attack to maybe cause some turnovers. Did you have anything particular in mind, any specific strategies you wanted to employ this week when it comes to the defense?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 16, 2015, 10:26:15 PM
HE HAS NOTHING. IT IS A GM DECISION
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 17, 2015, 04:05:12 PM
Since we are planning to dial things up on defense and put pressure on them, perhaps you can tell me what blitz percent we've been running with. Gives me an idea of how dialed up we should go.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 17, 2015, 11:42:08 PM
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We've only been blitzing about 15% of the time, with a DB as a DC we don't have a heavy blitz philosophy..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 17, 2015, 11:56:20 PM
I knew we didnt have a heavy blitz presence just wasnt sure exactly how much we were doing it. I dont want to up it drastically but what do you think of 40%? Too high or a good number for what we are hoping to do.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 17, 2015, 11:56:58 PM
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40 doesn't sound bad..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 18, 2015, 11:53:23 AM
Good good. One last question for you. In your opinion, do you think we should look at using a different formation or stick with the 3-4 we have been running with out of camp? I will admit im not the most adept at defensive schemes which is why im asking your opinion. Just want to make sure we get all the necessary bases covered so that our changes actually have an impact.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 20, 2015, 12:28:28 AM
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The 3-4 is great to blitz from because the linebackers are hard to read, it causes confusion for the offensive line and the quarterback..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 20, 2015, 01:04:42 AM
Thanks coach. Just before we lock in, this is what weve got. Does it work for what you were hoping to do?

Rotation - mostly starters
Tempo - very fast
Strategy/depth chart - increase blitz to 40%, all else coaches decision

How does that look?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 20, 2015, 01:30:10 AM
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Looks good to me.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 20, 2015, 02:05:03 PM
Alright then lets go out there and give St. Paul hell this week.

Rotation - mostly starters 
Tempo - very fast
Strategy/depth chart - increase blitz to 40%, all else coaches decision

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 29, 2015, 09:49:31 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 29, 2015, 11:44:36 PM
Well that wasn't exactly the outcome we had hoped for. We were going up against a tough defense and knew we were going to have to make our opportunities count and we did our best to make that happen. Our game plan of forcing St. Paul into making some offensive mistakes worked, leading to three interceptions, but we were not able to capitalize against that defense. And we weren't able to contain their running game.

But there were some good moments that came out of the game. Our running game might have been stuffed, but our passing game picked up a bit, with Jeremy Martin once again showing that he is as capable catching the ball as he is running the ball. Our defensive backfield held their own.

I know we've lost two games in a row but every team goes through some growing pains. We will rebound from these losses and we will come back stronger then before and with more fight. Our offense is too talented to be shut down. Coach Bernard McCarthy is right. We need to protect Jose and make smart decisions. Cut down on some of the penalties we've been taking and make sure Jose has the time he needs to find the receivers.

The big news of the week though was the owners meeting. I think that the changes the owners made are going to be great for the league going forward. It's going to allow teams to absorb some of their injuries with their practice squad as well as making sure that every team is clean. I think the owners made the right decisions.

Now, any questions?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 02, 2015, 03:56:47 PM
"Of all the players in the HIFL, if you could add one to your roster without the worry of salary, who would it be, and why?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 02, 2015, 10:27:44 PM
If I could add one guy regardless of salary? For me it's probably going to be Waylon Hagan.

Hagan's presence on the defensive line alone would get into the head of the opposing QB and he's got the ability to make a big play on defense. But truth be told, there are a number of defensive guys I could have named here as there are a lot of great defensive players throughout the HIFL. Hagan just seems to have that QB hunting instinct.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 02, 2015, 10:31:24 PM
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What do you hope to see from your team this week as you welcome a tough Alabama team onto your home turf?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 02, 2015, 10:47:10 PM
I would love to see this team continue to show it's competitive nature again this week. Alabama is tough, there's no doubt about that, but if our team can keep the game competitive and play hard from the start of the first quarter to the end of the fourth quarter, then that is already a win in our books. Of course we would love to pick up the victory, and I know that our squad has the ability to do just that and shock some people, but a competitive game is still a win. We're an expansion team, so every step in the right direction is a good sign.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 02, 2015, 10:59:30 PM
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Tough stretch of games for us, but I think we're playing well overall.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 02, 2015, 11:01:43 PM
It's like I said to the media, if the team continues to be competitive and plays hard, I think that can still be seen as a win in our inaugural season. Will show us where we need to improve and give the guys a chance to gel together.

It's been a tough stretch of games, definitely, but the guys are definitely playing well out there.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 03, 2015, 01:25:59 AM
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It is like you said, if the team continues to be competitive and plays hard they can be seen as winners in our first year. We can learn where we need to improve and we can give guys a chance..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 03, 2015, 05:12:14 AM
Exactly.

Now as for the last game. It seemed like we were able to cause a few problems for St. Paul we just weren't able to capitalize on it due to their defense. Is that a fair read on the game or was there something else that I missed?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 03, 2015, 10:45:20 AM
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That's exactly what happened.  St. Paul has a great defense and possibly the greatest defensive coordinator in the league, we just couldn't get through.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 03, 2015, 02:40:40 PM
Gotcha. I was pleased we kept it close in that case. Then again, Andrew Hernandez is almost automatic with his leg on those field goals.

Before we get to this weeks game, coach, there's one more thing I wanted to ask you about. I noticed against St. Paul that we accumulated 10 penalties for 80 yards and was just wondering if this was again a case of a great defense causing us to get antsy and go off side or was there something else going on?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 03, 2015, 09:38:34 PM
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Well here are our penalties from the game...

1. Gilbertson, Chop Block
2. Lusk, Clipping
3. Johnson, Unecessary Roughness
4. Dickey, False start
5. Wilburn False Start (same drive)
6. Gilbertson, False Start (same drive)
7. Vance, Offsides
8. Dobbins, False Start
9. Yost, Illegal Motion (same drive)


Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 03, 2015, 11:24:48 PM
Ah alright. Seems about what i thought. A lot of false starts, possibly because they were trying to get the edge on the other teams defense. Thanks for the input coach .

Now this week things dont get much easier. Should we keep up what we did against St. Paul or go back to what we had going in our first few games, in your opinion.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 04, 2015, 12:33:22 AM
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Well, we had a winning formula early, but honestly that's up to you.  I'm fine either way.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 05, 2015, 02:57:17 PM
Alright, well I might have a quick word with Coach Barbour regarding his views on the defense before I come up with an official game plan, but I will let you know before we lock in. As for now, I will let you get back to practice, coach.

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May I please speak with Coach Barbour?

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Well, coach, we tried upping the blitz ratio last week and just wanted to get your thoughts on how it worked out. Did you see it as a successful attempt or something better left for when we have a bit of a better pass rush?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 05, 2015, 11:02:23 PM
 
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I think we're better off not blitzing as much right now.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 05, 2015, 11:17:56 PM
You're probably right on that one coach. It was worth a try and see what we've got.

Other than that, the defensive backs continue to perform well, coach so great job there. If we pair them up with a better front seven we will have the makings of a solid defense, I think.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 05, 2015, 11:58:40 PM

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I agree, 100%
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 06, 2015, 11:49:59 AM
Excellent coach.

Speaking of, do you feel it is worth it to try and bring in some pieces to try and shore up the defense or should we worry about that more in the off season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 07, 2015, 12:45:15 AM
 
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As an expansion team I think we let it ride, honestly.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 09, 2015, 11:21:40 PM
I think you're right. I don't want to give up too much in the way of futures right now. Hang on for a moment while I gather the other coaches.

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Let's gather all of the coaches.

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Alright gentlemen let me start by saying that I like what I'm seeing out there from the team and from you our coaching staff. You're putting the guys in situations to win and to stay competitive in every game. Last week we tried something a bit different but I think this week we're going to go back to how things were in the first few weeks of the season. We're going to go back to our 15% blitz and keep everything the way it was to start the season.

Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategies: 15% Blitz Ratio, everything else coaches decisions

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 03:44:45 PM
MID-SEASON PRESS CONFERENCE

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK'S GAME. THEY EXPECT TO ALSO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PERFORMANCE THROUGH THE FIRST 8 GAMES, YOUR PLACE IN THE DIVISION, CONFERENCE, AND LEAGUE STANDINGS, AND HOW YOU EXPECT THE REST OF YOUR SEASON TO PLAY OUT... DONT FORGET YOUR ESPN NEWS EITHER.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 06:14:03 PM
I've got to hand it to this team and this coaching staff. A lot of critics had written us off this week but we never let that get into our heads and we picked up a huge victory over the Nighthawks. Once again, a team effort helped deliver that victory to us, as our offense kept moving the ball and our defense held Alabama's offense at bay. And when our offense wasn't able to hammer it home, Andrew Hernandez came in and hit another kick to put some points up for us.

And really, it's just a continuation on what we've been doing all season. Whenever this team is faced with a big game, we step it up and prove why we are the best expansion team. Sitting at 5-3 at this point of the season is fantastic and I couldn't have asked for a better job by the team in our inaugural season. We've stayed competitive all year and what more can you ask for in the first year?

As for the rest of the season, if we just keep doing what we've been doing, we are going to see positives. We are going to continue to stay competitive and continue to be a force, even as an expansion team. Part of that is going to come when we get Clint Dickey going. And I say when, because I feel like it's only a matter of time before we breaks out and then we will have our arsenal set. Dobbins has done a great job for us this year, there is no doubting that. His veteran leadership and presence has gone a long way to help this team week in and week out. And once Dickey gets going, we're going to burn the HIFL down to the ground.

Any questions?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 06:25:19 PM
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Timothy Davis' single season INT record of 10 in a season is already tied by Luis Brown... Do you believe he should be an MVP candidate, and how many INT's do you think he will end the season with?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 06:46:18 PM
Luis' play has definitely allowed us to stay competitive in this league and division. It seems that he's always in the neighborhood for a pick every game which is fantastic to see. Should he be an MVP candidate? Why not? He's been one of the valuable parts of our defense that keeps us in games.

As for how many he will get...it's tough to say. A guy like Luis can go out and grab 5 picks in a game or just 1. Though I think it's safe to say that Luis will break the record soon.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 07:36:57 PM
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Jeremy Martin is ranked 5th in the league in rushing, and is in the top 25 in receiving.  Do you think he has more to offer this season, or are you concerned about overworking the young man?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 07:58:12 PM
There is always a worry about overworking a player, especially a franchise player like Martin. I trust that the coaches will look out for the young man and if he is showing signs of fatigue or wearing down, we will ease up on his workload. However that is something for the coaching staff and I to discuss as the weeks tick by.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 08:07:19 PM
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GM Gates... all I have to say is WOW! You have exceeded our expectations for the season and that is why I'll give you a chance to double your prize, let's MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, and show these other teams how hot the Inferno can burn!!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 08:15:32 PM
Thank you, Mr. Burns. I will do my best to make the playoffs. I think with the way the team is built and the way we have been playing that could be a very real possibility.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 08:48:12 PM
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I agree, make me proud son!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 08:55:31 PM
We will do our best!

Take care, Mr. Burns.

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Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Coach! Huge win this week on home turf. A team like Alabama always plays tough but we came to play and defend our home and did some in a big way.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 09:43:08 PM
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That win brought a tear to my eye CJ... Our boys fought so hard.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 09:53:47 PM
They did indeed, coach and they have all season. We've been in every game this year, and that's a testament to you and the coaching staff.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 10:07:50 PM
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Thank you.  Let's not have a let down this week, we need to keep our momentum going.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 10:09:59 PM
I agree sir. We've got an opportunity here to really make an impression in the league and we've got to keep it going.

Heading forward, the one thing I'm still trying to figure out is how we can get Dickey going. Dobbins and Martin are doing a great job in the passing game, and if we could get Dickey going, we'd have one more weapon to keep other offense guessing. Any suggestions, coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 10:13:21 PM
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Not really sure, maybe we swap him and Dobbins on the field?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 10:19:52 PM
That was my only thought. I don't know if it would hurt Dobbins to do so but it is probably our best chance to get Dickey going. It might be worth trying against the Bruins.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 10:21:03 PM
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I don't think it will effect Dobbins, and I know it won't hurt his feelings. starting is starting.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 10:29:15 PM
Good point. Worst case is it nothing changes, right?

Other than that, I think we're rolling pretty well. I think going back to what we did earlier in the season worked for us this week so we will leave it that way going forward until we can fix up our defensive front.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 10:46:13 PM
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I agree.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 10:51:52 PM
Glad we agree. If there's nothing more coach, I will let you get back to practice.

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Let's speak with coach Patrick McCarthy.

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Coach, how's it going? I will cut right to the chase. I was hoping we could work at getting Dickey going. Your father and I had discussed swapping Dobbins and Dickey on the depth chart, perhaps opening up Clint a bit more. I just wanted to make sure everyone was thinking along the same lines here. What are your thoughts on it?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 13, 2015, 10:59:42 PM
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I agree.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 13, 2015, 11:14:46 PM
Excellent. Other than that I didn't have anything particular in mind to speak with you about. Just keep up the great work coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 14, 2015, 01:11:40 AM
 
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Will do boss.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 14, 2015, 07:49:27 AM
I'll let you get back to practice coach.

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Let's speak with Clint Dickey please.

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Hey Clint, how's it going? I know this might not have been the Inferno start you were hoping to get off to, but we are going to do our best to get you going in the second half of the season. Which is why I wanted to talk to you. I just wanted to let you know that step one of that process is to swap you and Dobbins on the depth chart. I think this will give you more room and more openings to make some great catches. I just wanted to let you know so you weren't caught off guard or anything.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 14, 2015, 11:37:35 AM
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That sounds good, thanks for the heads up.  I hope I can perform better, I don't want to let the team down.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 14, 2015, 07:59:14 PM
Trust me, Clint, I don't think anyone on this team thinks you've let them down. Thanks for your time, Clint, I'll let you get back to practice.

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Let's speak with Andrew Hernandez.

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Andrew, how are you doing? I know it doesn't get praised enough in the news, but I just wanted to say that you've done a heckuva job this year. You're almost automatic once we line up for a kick and you're doing your part to keep us ticking along. Great work.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 14, 2015, 09:06:42 PM
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Thank you boss, feels good to know the work I put in is appreciated, you're the man.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 16, 2015, 05:58:53 PM
Thanks, Andrew. Keep up the great work.

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Joseph Dobbins please.

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Joseph how's it going? Just wanted to give you the heads up that we're going to swap you and Clint this week on the depth chart, roll you out as the number one receiver, see if we can get Dickey going. Because if we can the two of you will be dynamic for us down the stretch.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 16, 2015, 07:32:29 PM
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That sounds good, if we can both starting clicking this offense will be unstoppable.  I'm fine with giving up some looks to him, it's all about the team.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 18, 2015, 12:56:02 AM
Thanks Joseph. If we get both of you cooking youre right our offense will be unstoppable. I will let you get back to practice.

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Alright guys lets keep this momentum going. Not much to change this week except for our WR depth. Going to try and get Clint going.

Rotation - mostly starters
Tempo - very fast
Depth chart/strategy changes - Joseph Dobbins to WR1, Clint Dickey to WR2.
Blitz ratio still 15%
Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 04:21:24 PM
WEEK 9 PRESS CONFERENCE

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 05:42:51 PM
It was another team win this week as we defeated the Missouri Bruins. It was great to see the offense firing on all cylinders with everyone contributing. Dickey and Dobbins put on a clinic in catching as they each racked up 100+ yards and a touchdown and Jeremy Martin rushed his heart out to help us drive the ball. It kind of made things a bit easier for Pruitt to find his targets, connect and push the ball downfield. And once again, our defense held their own, holding the Bruins at bay and allowing us to take the lead that we wouldn't relinquish. Like I said, it was an all around win for us, which is how we've played all season.

One of the main highlights was getting Dickey going. He's a highly talented receiver and we knew that it was only a matter of time before he caught fire and this week he did just that. We changed some things up and it worked out well. We are looking for more of the same going forward, because this offense is just getting started.

Up next we have Tombstone who will be a handful. Robles is an MVP caliber player and we are going to have to stop him from getting out and burning us too much. Perhaps we can take advantage of a little inexperience by the quarterback and our defense will do their thing to help out. It's going to be a tough match up but I'm confident that this team will find a way to win.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 05:46:20 PM
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Hey, the moves on the offense worked, we got our guys going.  Lets see if we can keep it up this week?

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 05:48:09 PM
That's the plan coach. I figure no reason to mess with it since it worked so well last week.

My real worry with the upcoming game is Robles. I know we haven't exactly been stellar against the run.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 06:01:31 PM
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We definitely have to work to stop him, he's incredible. We need to key on him as best we can, but we don't want to let Tibbetts get loose.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 08:22:15 PM
He is. Do you think a change to our defense could help or is it more about making sure our defense is ready? I dont know if we have the personelle where a change would be warranted.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 08:40:42 PM
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No need for a change other than potentially increasing our blitzing a bit.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 09:49:26 PM
I will think on that one. Last time we changed our blotzing it didnt seem to have any impact.

On a positive note, looks like we might have Mullins back at TE. Always good to have another weapon for Jose to throw to.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 09:50:51 PM
And by blotzing, i meant blitzing of course. Last time we changed it, it didnt seem to have much of an impact.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 09:56:00 PM
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Agreed, and no worry on the "blotzing" we can just roll with what we've been doing and trust our guys to make the tackles.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 10:01:58 PM
I dont doubt the team will be competitive with a good chance to win. You and the coaching staff have done a great job at that all season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 10:14:07 PM
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Thanks CJ, but we couldn't be doing it without the team you put together.  You deserve a lot of credit.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 10:28:43 PM
Thanks coach. Its a team effort and we all do our part to succeed.

I will let you get to practice.

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Lets speak with Clint Dickey please.

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Clint hows it going? Great game out there this week. You really broke through with that solid performance.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 10:35:20 PM
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Thank you sir, glad the moves we made worked.  Felt good to be putting up solid numbers for the squad.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 23, 2015, 10:56:08 PM
It was great to see. I knew it was just a matter of time for you to break out. We are going to keep things the same going forward and watch as you wreck havoc on our opponents. I will let you get back to practice.

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Jeremy Martin please.

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Jeremy, great rookie season so far. Youre really turning some heads out there. How are you feeling heading into week 9?

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 23, 2015, 11:03:16 PM
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I felt great going into last week... you ok boss?

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 24, 2015, 12:01:22 AM
Yeah im good. I could tell you were good heading into week 9. You had a hell of a game on the ground moving the ball down the field. How are you feeling heading into this weeks game?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 24, 2015, 12:06:02 AM
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Feeling good boss, feeling good.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 25, 2015, 07:21:23 PM
Awesome, Jeremy. Glad to hear it. You're doing a great job out there, and I look forward to more of that this week. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Hey coach, tough test this week with Robles. I haven't thought of anything directly to change to try and hold him at bay, but I figured I would talk with you, see if you had anything in mind before we locked in.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on October 26, 2015, 09:53:40 AM
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It's tough to game plan around Robles due to his ability to destroy the run AND pass games... I wouldn't do much differently.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 27, 2015, 11:36:43 PM
Me either coach. I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page heading forward.

If there's nothing else, let's gather the rest of the coaches.

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Alright gentlemen, we've got a bit of a tough test ahead of us with Tombstone and trying to contain Robles. Though I think if we continue playing the way we have, we will have a great chance at success. We're going to leave things the same as last week, since that worked well for us.

Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes - Joseph Dobbins at WR1, Clint Dickey at WR2
Blitz Ratio still 15%
Everything else coaches decision

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 03, 2015, 09:24:41 PM
WEEK 10 PRESS CONFERENCE

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 03, 2015, 10:27:41 PM
Another good game for the team. While that wasn't the result we were hoping for, we still saw a lot of positives in the game, including a continued rise of Clint Dickey back to form and the fight of a team that continues to stay competitive. Even though we lost, there are always positives that we can take from it, things we can build on moving forward.

And that sees us taking on Pearl Harbor. They are a team in flux right now, but a team we can not overlook if we hope to make strides this season. We need to be on our best and capitalize on their mistakes and burn them out of our building.

Any questions?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 03, 2015, 10:30:44 PM
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Two parter here, how do you contain the combo of Hodge and Green-Beckham; and with the Predators having the worst ranked defense in the league, do you see this as a race to 60, or do you believe you can keep their offense in check?
   
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 03, 2015, 10:38:10 PM
On the whole I feel as though our defense has done a good job at holding our opposing teams offense in check and I think our next game will see much of the same. With everyone working as one unit, they have been able to limit the damage. And I think we will be able to limit the damage of Hodge and Green-Beckham.

As far as our offense goes, I see this as a chance for our offense to show it's fire. With Dickey, Dobbins and Martin having great weeks recently, I think this week is going to be a high scoring one for the Inferno. As far as a shootout goes, as I said, I think our defense can limit Pearl Harbors damage.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 04, 2015, 12:44:14 AM
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There are definitely positives to take away from this loss, remember, we are still an expansion team.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 04, 2015, 01:13:57 PM
No doubt about that coach. Lots of good happened this past week even if we dont have the win to show for it. And youre right we are an expansion team. This season we are building those foundations for the future. And its looking bright.

Anything you picked up from the game that we might need to look at? Looks like we had our big guns in Martin, Dickey and Dobbins all playing well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 04, 2015, 10:13:26 PM
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We had a quality offensive performance, I think. We moved the ball well, but between the interceptions and the two big catches by Tibbetts, we just let it slip by. I think we're doing well, not much needs changing.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 04, 2015, 10:31:45 PM
Yeah, interceptions have hurt us a few times this year. I don't know if it's anything fixable or just a case of playing some tough defenses that are forcing Pruitt to throw into bad situations.

I think we're doing a pretty good job as well and I agree, I don't think we need to make any changes.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 04, 2015, 10:57:58 PM
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Agreed.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 04, 2015, 11:58:49 PM
Glad we're on the same page.

With no changes this week and looking to the future, what's your opinion on John Brogan? I've always got an eye on the future and I'm curious how you feel about him coming back as a back up to Martin next year. I have yet to speak to him about his interest in returning, so this could all be pointless but thought I'd see what you thought first.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 05, 2015, 12:06:56 AM
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He has been solid for us.  Strong carries when he touches the ball, he's got as many TD's as he did last year on 1/3 of the carries, and he's a good veteran to have in the locker room. 

He's happy here, so I am confident he'd want to return.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 05, 2015, 12:36:27 PM
Excellent to hear. Ive liked his presence on the team as well so glad you do also. Thanks coach. For now i will let you get back to practice.

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Can i speak to coach Patrick McCarthy please?

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Coach hows it going. As you know im always looking to improve this team, especially this year, so i wanted to get your thoughts on our offensive line. Do you think there are any changes that need to happen there in the off season? I dont think the line is doing bad or anything just looking for your opinion.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 06, 2015, 11:49:00 PM
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I think our offensive line has done very well, I don't see much need to tinker.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 09, 2015, 11:45:03 PM
I think they're doing pretty well as well, I just wanted to get your opinion on them. So thanks for your input coach. I'll let you get back to practice now.

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Alright, let's get James T. Crain on the line.

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Mr. Crain how's it going? I'll cut to the chase. John Brogan, his contract is up after this year and I think he's a great fit here in Rapid City and we're looking to bring him back. What would the two of you say to a 2 year deal worth $4 million a season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 10, 2015, 12:00:42 AM
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We would sign that deal today, yes.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 10, 2015, 08:44:58 PM
Excellent. Glad to keep John in Rapid City. Take care Mr. Crain.

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Alright let's gather the coaches.

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Nothing to change from last week gentlemen. Let's go out there and give Pearl Harbor hell.

Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes - Joseph Dobbins at WR1, Clint Dickey at WR2
Blitz Ratio still 15%
Everything else coaches decision

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 01:06:15 AM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 07:45:01 AM
This week we saw a complete game from the Inferno and our offense showed just what we are capable of at any given moment. With our top two receivers both contributing in a big way, with an excellent game from Jose and of course, our two running backs with 2 touchdowns each. That is what this Inferno offense was built to do. Put up points and do it every way possible. And as we've seen over the past few weeks, with Dickey getting back to his usual ways, it just opens things up for everybody else on the offensive side of the ball. Everybody got their fair shake today.

But we can not forget about the defense. Once again they did their thing and they held our opponents in check. They played some great defense against a tough aerial attack from Pearl Harbor and we were able to force them into some miscues and turnovers. Watching Luis Brown grab two more interceptions was the icing on the cake for what a complete game that was, and our defensive line kept the pressure up, recording a few sacks to go along with some great in your face pressure. The downside to the game was the loss of Aaron Milliken to injury. It's never good to see your players go down and to lose him for at least 8 weeks is a big blow. Aaron was doing a good job in his rookie season. We hope he recovers quickly and is ready to go once he is healthy.

In the meantime our next game see us traveling to Orlando to take on the Stampede. They've turned some heads this season and seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder so it should be a good game. I know that with the way this team has been playing lately, Orlando better be prepared for everything we're going to throw at them.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 11:26:35 AM
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5 Games to play with 1 1/2 games separating you from first place in the division, how many wins is it going to take for you to win this division?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 02:00:18 PM
Thats tough to say. With so many teams playing at high levels within this division, its going to be a dog fight to see who comes out on top. I dont even think I could put a number on how many wins it will take.

Though if we dont win the division i wont consider this a lost season at all. This team has done a fantastic job all season and that is only going to continue down the stretch. We have taken great strides forward and are laying the building blocks for success whether that be this season or in seasons to come.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 02:08:19 PM
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This was arguably Jose Pruitt's best game as a member of the Inferno.  Is he heating up at the right time?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 05:20:39 PM
Jose has played great for us all season, and I think recently he's really turned it up a notch. I think getting Dickey going really helped Jose because it gave him another target to spread the ball to and open the field with. Jose's got so many weapons to throw to and I think now we're seeing him utilize them very well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 05:33:42 PM
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It sure is great to see my offense dream coming into focus.

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 05:39:21 PM
It certainly is coach. Bringing you and Patrick in to coach and with all our weapons, it's been great to watch everything come together.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 05:40:30 PM
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I think we have the ability to continue to play this well, I am confident we will reach the playoffs as an expansion team, and when that happens, congratulations to you will be in order sir.

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 05:43:14 PM
Thank you coach. I believe we can continue to play like this as well coach. Our offense is only beginning to heat up and when playoffs happen, it will be a time for all of us to congratulate one another. You and the staff have worked just as hard to get this team where it is.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 05:50:49 PM
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Sounds great, now lets get back to work. Orlando has a strong pass defense, but we have the run game to make them pay if they do give us trouble.  I like our chances.

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 05:57:24 PM
So do I coach. We've got the ability to run the ball down their throats and maybe find an opening for a pass or two. I'm not too worried about a loss against the Stampede but stranger things have happened.

I'd ask if there's anything we should tweak in preparation but given the last few weeks, I think we're good to stand pat and let things play out from there.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 05:58:47 PM
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I agree.

Now are we planning on putting Milliken on IR and sign another reserve safety or are we going to play a man short?

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 06:03:27 PM
I had planned to put him on the IR and sign a reserve for the rest of the season. With him out at minimum 8 weeks, it just makes sense to have a reserve and not to chance it. I will be looking into finding a reserve shortly.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 06:16:04 PM
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May I suggest Rico Kinney?

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 08:57:16 PM
You may. Is there anything else you can tell me about Rico?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 09:17:09 PM
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He was a starter in Orlando back in the day, he's got 5 career INT's in 17 starts and 52 games...  He's fast enough to play and he can tackle pretty well.  He's not a starter by any means, but he's a talented kid and a good back up.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 13, 2015, 09:56:15 PM
Sounds like he might work out for us as a backup reserve. Not like we would be asking a lot of him down the stretch and who knows. Maybe he will be a revelation for us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 13, 2015, 10:34:16 PM
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Good stuff.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 14, 2015, 01:25:51 PM
I will let you get back to practice coach.

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If hes available lets speak with Aaron Milliken.

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Aaron, tough break. It sucks to see you go down with an injury like that, youve been playing some good football for us and i hope you come back stronger them ever. I just wanted to let you know that we are going to be putting you on the IR so that you can focus on recovering and getting yourself ready for next season. Youve got a bright future here in Rapid City and we want you healthy for it.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 14, 2015, 09:42:56 PM
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Thank you boss, I hate that I'm down, but I'm going to work hard to rehab and hopefully improve in training camp to try to get into the starting line up..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 14, 2015, 11:21:43 PM
Id love to see that happen Aaron. Rest up, recover and come out flying. I will let you get to it and see you when i see you.

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Can I speak to Coach Barbour please.

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Great job this week once again coach. Youve got these guys playing some great defense every week. We are always in games and keeping things close. Love what youve been able to do.

As we move forward what do you know about Rico Kinney?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 14, 2015, 11:54:17 PM
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He was a starter in Orlando back in the day, he's got 5 career INT's in 17 starts and 52 games...  He's fast enough to play and he can tackle pretty well.  He's not a starter by any means, but he's a talented kid and a good back up.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 15, 2015, 12:47:42 PM
Thanks coach. Nothing much else from me this week. I will let you head back to practice to get the guys ready for our next game.

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Ashley, can i speak with the representative for Rico Kinney? If my records are right, it should be Mr. David Ames.

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Mr Ames hows it going? Im interested in signing Rico Kinney for the remainder of the season. How does 500k sound for the rest of this season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 15, 2015, 09:17:49 PM
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Sounds like a deal.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 16, 2015, 07:41:51 AM
Awesome. Pleasure doing business David.

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Let's get the coaches in here, please.

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Alright coaches, I've signed Rico Kinney as a reserve/back up free safety for the rest of the season. Beyond that, nothing is really going to change this week. I think this team has hit a great stride and I want to continue that roll. Let's show Orlando that we aren't messing around.

Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes - Rico Kinney to FS2
Joseph Dobbins stays at WR1, Clint Dickey at WR2
Blitz ratio still at 15%
Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 20, 2015, 12:38:20 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 20, 2015, 05:42:56 PM
It was a tough game and I've got to give credit to the Stampede. Their defense was able to hold our passing game in check all game, and they struck at opportune moments. Outside of the 3rd quarter, we were right in there and if it weren't for that one quarter where the Stampede put up 28, you never know what they game would look like.

Even though we lost, there are still a lot of positives to be taken from a game like this. There are still moments we can look at that shone brightly, moments we can build off of going forward. Even though the game got away in the 3rd, the guys didn't throw in the towel. They kept trying and kept plugging away. But that's the way these guys are. They are all hungry to play and determined to play well.

Next we welcome in an improving Music City team that, much like the Stampede, is a team you can't sleep on. And we won't. We're going to have our game plan working the way it has in the past, and we are going to play the same type of football we've been playing all year.

Any questions?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 20, 2015, 09:04:35 PM
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The pass defense really got mauled this week, are you concerned with that going forward?
   
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 20, 2015, 11:01:33 PM
I dont feel like theres anything to be overly concerned about at this time. The pass defense as a whole has done its job for us this season. Even against Orlando we had some big plays and they have done so all year. The results might not have been pretty but it doesnt mean we have to panic. Im sure we will look back at the tape and see the areas where we faltered and work on them in practice.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 20, 2015, 11:41:04 PM
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Well that was ugly.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 21, 2015, 10:31:30 AM
It was coach. That 3rd quarter really doomed us. Was it their defense not letting us get anything going or were we getting in our own way?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 21, 2015, 10:40:53 AM
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Their first drive of the 3rd qt we had back to back penalties that gave them 15 yards, then we went 3 and out when they stuffed the run. They marched down the field with passes, completing 6 of 7 attempts to quickly score the next TD then Pruitt got picked off after 2 solid runs from Brogan and Martin. Pruitt was looking for Dickey for a 7 yard pass but McClintock snatched it and ran back 5 yards of it.  They quickly scored again and then a flustered Pruitt threw three straight incompletions, the last one was a drop from Jeremy.
They drove 55 yards for the last TD of the quarter and we got the ball back going into the 4th...
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 21, 2015, 11:17:09 AM
Thanks coach. Seems like that quarter started on a rough note and it spiralled from there. Its not the end of the world though and neither is this loss. We have the ability to come back stronger next time out. Our offense can be that explosive.

Do you see a need to switch anything up going into our match up with Music City? Maybe in an effort to hold Carlson back?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 21, 2015, 11:29:11 AM
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We definitely need to focus first on stopping Carlson, he's their workhorse. I think we should try to shut him down and make their new QB beat us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 21, 2015, 01:12:26 PM
Any suggestions coach? Id suggest upping our attack on defense but the last time we did that to stop the run, the run still beat us. Do you think thats our best bet though? Put more pressure on the QB?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 21, 2015, 01:21:09 PM
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It's really the only option, up the blitz and send the pressure.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 21, 2015, 01:31:16 PM
It does seem to be. Do you have a preference in percent? I think i moved it to 25% last time out, perhaps if we jump it up to 40? Or do you think that will be too much for our team?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 21, 2015, 01:35:11 PM
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I think we look around 30-35% if we jump up too much we might exhaust our pass rushers.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 21, 2015, 01:58:21 PM
Sounds good coach. I will make the necessary adjustments. Other than that I don't think there's anything we need to look into changing. I feel our offense will bounce back.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 21, 2015, 02:11:20 PM
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The points will come.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 21, 2015, 11:42:41 PM
Exactly my thoughts. Our offense has shown how explosive it is. I dont think theres much else i have to touch on this week and i dont want to take up too much of the players time.

Stand pat, lets call the other coaches in.

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Alright gentlemen, lets get things back on track this week. We are going to up the blitz to 30% this week in order to keep their run game in check. Lets make sure the guys are ready for Music City. Heres the information.

Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes: blitz ratio changed to 30%
Dobbins to WR1, Dickey to WR2
Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 22, 2015, 10:21:18 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 22, 2015, 11:27:15 PM
They say the real way to see how good a team is, is to see how they rebound after a loss. Our game against Orlando two weeks back didn't go the way we wanted it to, but the team rallied together and put together a solid game against the Music City Kings. Our defense held the Kings in check all game and kept us in things like they have all season. They gave the Kings quarterbacks fits and had them scrambling often. Jeremy Martin was solid once more and is really showing that he is one of the best backs in the league. It's a testament to the guys on this team and how well they've worked as a unit. It's a testament to the coaches that have worked hard to keep this team firing and making sure they are ready each week.

Things don't get much easier as we take on Oakland next. They are a tough team and are fighting strong, but with the way we played them last time, we have a great chance to come out firing once more and to come away with a victory. We will work hard during practice to be ready, and we will scorch the competition.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 22, 2015, 11:46:11 PM
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Due to your loss earlier in the year to Lincoln, you currently are the first team out of the playoff chase.  You've said before this season is about building, but now that we are down to the final 3 games and you are this close to being an expansion team making the playoffs.  You can still win the division as well.  How important is this game for your team?
   
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 22, 2015, 11:54:07 PM
Even as a building team, every game is important. Though I'd be lying if I said that the thought of being an expansion team in the playoffs wasn't exciting. I'd love to see this team get there and to do so, every game is important, including this one. I know this team is capable of big things - I've known it all season - and we are going to give it our all to make it there.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 22, 2015, 11:55:20 PM
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Carlson came to play, but we managed to play well enough to get another "W" man, what a great season...
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 22, 2015, 11:58:03 PM
It's been a great year and gives us a lot to look forward to for the future.

Carlson definitely came to play but it helps that Martin did also. He ran well for us and helped carry us to a victory. And our defense was fantastic. Upping that blitz ratio seemed to fluster the QBs.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 23, 2015, 12:14:36 AM
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I agree, and with Martin being 4th in the league in rushing as a rookie, his future is so bright.  Dobbins is now over 1000 yards receiving as well, and Pruitt is 4th in passing yards and 7th in TDs. Hernandez is second in the league in points scored, and Turpin is tied for 3rd in tackles... of course Brown is #1 in INTs as well... We have some serious pieces working hard for us..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 23, 2015, 12:26:59 AM
Those are definitely some serious pieces working well for us. And to think there are other pieces we have that still are rounding into form. The future of the Inferno is burning bright coach.

And as we move forward, we've got Oakland. A tough team, but I think we stand a chance to upset them.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 23, 2015, 01:11:54 AM
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I agree, Oakland is going to bring the house, so we need to have our boys on point and ready to go quickly.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 23, 2015, 02:53:53 PM
Do you feel we should leave our Blitz at 30 or should we dial it back down?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 23, 2015, 08:43:17 PM
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Maybe we tone it down slightly, but I don't think we should be as conservative as we were earlier.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 23, 2015, 11:15:43 PM
Alright, good to know coach I will amend it before the weeks end.

Other then that, I think things are going pretty smooth. Might need to see how Ralph Nutter is feeling, see if we need to alter our offensive line, but other then that, things will stay the same as they have the past few weeks.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 23, 2015, 11:17:39 PM
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I talked to the doc, Nutter will be fine to play.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 24, 2015, 07:38:27 PM
Awesome. Glad to hear it. I will let you get back to practice, coach. I won't be too much longer.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Coach, fantastic work this season. What you've been able to do with our defense is amazing. Everyones playing as a team and we're seeing it with the defensive plays that are being made.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 24, 2015, 08:13:11 PM
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Thanks boss, but we aren't done yet
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 24, 2015, 08:23:25 PM
No doubt, we've still got to get to the playoffs. I just wanted to say you were doing a great job. The way you've got those cornerbacks playing, that allows us to put more pressure on the QB because between Bittner and Brown, it seems like one of them is bound to leave the game with a pick. But you're right, we're not done yet. Let's keep it going into the next game against Oakland.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 24, 2015, 09:26:15 PM
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We are going to show Oakland that the best secondary in football isn't in Oakland, it's in Rapid City.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 24, 2015, 10:07:55 PM
Love the confidence coach. No sense waiting any longer.

Let's get all the coaches in here.

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Can you send up the McCarthy's please?

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Alright gentlemen, we've got a big game this weekend. We've done a great job this season, but why stop there? Let's keep the good times going and let's continue to show these other teams that if this is what we do in our first year, we will open some eyes going forward. We're going to dial back our blitz a bit from last week but still more then normal. Let's give them hell.

Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes - Blitz ratio changed to 25%
Dobbins to WR1, Dickey to WR2
Everything else coaches decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 28, 2015, 12:12:38 AM
WEEK 14 PRESS CONFERENCE

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 28, 2015, 12:13:54 PM
What a game that was. Our offence showed up in a big way and our defence was solid in holding the Silverbacks at bay and turning their misplays into opportunities. I cant say enough about the game Jeremy Martin had. He put the team on his back and made sure Oakland wasnt going to catch us. 4 total touchdowns is amazing to see from him and i also enjoyed how the entire team played well from start to finish on both sides of the ball.

It makes for a fun end to the final two games of the season. This division is close and these two games are going to be big for us going forward. But given what this team can do on any night, im not worried.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 28, 2015, 01:48:54 PM

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Your team is hot at the right time and Oakland is clearly starting to fade.  How do you keep this team focused for these final two games, and what odds would you give yourself to win the division?
   
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 28, 2015, 10:19:14 PM
We keep them focused the same way we've kept them focused all season. This team is full of competitors. Guys who give it their all every time they are on that field. And that wont change going into this week. We started as an expansion team looking to build but now we are an expansion team with something to prove and something to win. That in itself is something to keep them focused.

As for our chances if we play the same way we have been playing then our chances are great. Im not a math whiz so i cant get exact numbers but i like our chances.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 28, 2015, 10:21:40 PM
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I can feel it... our team is getting better every week and how about Jeremy's 4th quarter... wow.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 28, 2015, 11:13:06 PM
Every week another piece comes together and man Jeremy was a beast tonight. That 4th quarter was just inpressive and his 4 total TDs was something to marvel at. I loved how we played in that entire game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 28, 2015, 11:37:43 PM
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Same here, we fired on all cylinders.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 28, 2015, 11:47:15 PM
We did indeed.

Two big games coming up coach and these guys are raring to go. Any changes you see for us to make? I think if we leave our blitz ratio where it was last game we should be good.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 28, 2015, 11:53:14 PM
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I don't think we should change anything, we are playing great ball.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 29, 2015, 10:54:11 AM
I agree coach we have been playing well no reason to mess with it. Lets get the rest of the coaches in here.

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Can i get coach Patrick McCarthy and coach Barbour in here please?

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Gentlemen two big games here for us. We have been playing some great ball all season and i see no reason why that has to change now. Im leaving everything like it was last week and i know that the three of you will have these guys playing at their high level. Lets go out and burn our opponents.

Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes - Blitz ratio changed to 25%
Dobbins to WR1, Dickey to WR2
Everything else coaches decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 29, 2015, 10:58:23 AM
For Both Games.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 30, 2015, 12:38:35 AM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 30, 2015, 07:36:37 AM
It came down to the last game, but we made it to the playoffs. The team fought hard all season and that drive showed in these final two games. While the result against Long Beach was not where we wanted it to be, the team dusted themselves off, picked themselves up and came out fighting hard against a Lincoln Pride team that had our number in the early stages of the season. These guys really came together as a unit to get that win over the Pride and get into the playoffs. They never let the fact that we are an expansion team cloud their competitive drive. We came out firing right out of the gate and we didn't let up until we had that win. Whether it was our explosive offense or our defense, we managed to hold them back and out up points. As has been the theme with our great wins this season, this was a great team effort.

And we're going to need that same team effort as we go into the first round of the playoffs to take on Las Vegas. They have a very good defense and we are going to have to use all that we have to put a dent in it while also holding their very good offense in check. But that's the kind of thing we've been doing against teams all season. We've been holding them in check and leaving them in our dust as we fire on all cylinders and put up points after points. This week the challenge level rises, but I know that every single member of the Inferno is ready for this game, and ready to compete.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 30, 2015, 12:29:19 PM
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From Expansion Draft to Playoffs... We should be proud of this moment.

Congratulations GM Gates, we have done something nobody thought was possible in this division especially.

Now the team will expect a speech before each playoff game, and if we make the conference championship then I too will have words for the team.

Vegas is tough on both sides of the ball and they beat us up pretty bad in our game earlier in the year.  I think we are playing better than we were back then, but it will be important to get Jeremy going early, 33 carries for less than 90 yards last time was a tough pill to swallow.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 30, 2015, 12:45:58 PM
We should definitely be proud coach. From the coaching staff to the players to everyone that made it work we should all be proud. A lot of people didn't think we could get here but here we proved them wrong.

33 for 90 was a bitter pill but I think you're right, we're a different team now then we were then. Do you think it's worth it to mess with the pass/run ratios to try and get Jeremy the ball a few more times or is a lot of that just messing with what has been a good thing for the majority of the season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 30, 2015, 01:07:01 PM
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I wouldn't change anything now, we are playing well, I think sticking with the gameplan shows confidence in our system.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 30, 2015, 01:34:08 PM
And our system works. And when we're on our game, we are capable of putting up a lot of points every which way. You're right coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 30, 2015, 01:36:26 PM
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Well, I'll let you take care of business on your end.  Players are on light duty today so if you want to talk to anyone, now is the time.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on November 30, 2015, 06:20:26 PM
Alright, thanks coach, I will let you go. If you see him, can you send Jeremy Martin in here?

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Jeremy, excellent job this season. You are one of the best running backs in this league and you showed everyone each and every game that you are worth that first overall selection. I just wanted to bring you in here to congratulate you on a fantastic rookie season. You got a few more massive games in those legs of yours?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 30, 2015, 06:27:32 PM
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I'm going to pour my all into every carry dude.  I'm pumped for this!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 01, 2015, 02:32:27 PM
Love the attitude, Jeremy. I'm pumped for this game as well! I'll let you get back to practice, I'll meet you and the rest of the team down there soon.

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Ashley, can you have the entire team gather together. I'm going to head down and have a word with them all.

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Gentlemen, first I want to congratulate each and every one of you. We had a fantastic first season with all of you working hard and working together. We saw setbacks and rallied together to overcome them. We never gave up and always remained competitive. We turned heads and left many teams in our dust. We proved many people wrong, those who said we wouldn't be able to get into the playoffs.

But the season isn't over yet. Now we find ourselves in the playoffs, set to take on Las Vegas. The Scorpions might have got the better of us last time out, but we are a different team then we were then, and I know we will come out as the better team once this game is over. I know we have the talent to take the victory.

We've had a fantastic season and I don't know about all of you, but I'm not ready for it to be over. I want to keep this season going. I want to keep burning our path through the HIFL. I want to keep proving people wrong.

So let's start with Las Vegas, let's go out there and take the sting out of the Scorpions.

It's time for some scorched earth.

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Rotation - Mostly Starters
Tempo - Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes - Blitz ratio changed to 25%
Dobbins to WR1, Dickey to WR2
Everything else coaches decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 02, 2015, 11:34:17 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 02, 2015, 11:55:48 PM
What a hard fought game that was. Right up until the last minute, neither side gave an inch. We held our own against a very good offense and a very good defense in Las Vegas, and we fired back at them with everything we had. We held May in check and our offense was moving the ball well. Unfortunately we didn't come away with the win, but it was still a thrilling game from start to finish, and I am proud of what our guys did out there. I'm proud of how they went toe to toe with one of the best this season and didn't give an inch. Hats off to the Scorpions for a great game. That's what playoff football is all about.

And even though we didn't win, this season has still been a huge success. From the way the coaching staff worked together to how the players fought hard every game, this season was fantastic. They deserve all the credit they get for how things went.

There have been many positives this season to go along with our first playoff appearance. Jeremy Martin's excellent rookie season. Luis Brown setting a new record for interceptions in a season. Joseph Dobbins racking up 1000 yards. Turpin's excellent defensive play all season. Pruitt putting himself back up there as one of the best QBs. I could go on all night about our positives, so I will sum it all up for you. This is just the beginning for the Inferno. We've got things moving in the right direction to be competitive at the top for years to come.

I'm proud of what these guys did.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 03, 2015, 12:06:11 AM
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That fourth quarter... How hard was it to watch that game slip away with each of those interceptions?
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2015, 12:10:55 AM
It's never an easy thing to watch, if I can be honest, but in cases like that, you've got to give credit to the Scorpions defense. They were all over our receivers and playing some good coverage, deflecting balls at the right time and making hits when they needed to. There's a reason why the Scorpions were the #1 seed in the west, and their defense is part of that reason.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 03, 2015, 12:12:13 AM
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What did you make of the "pass interference" penalty on your offensive Lineman, negating a touchdown by Jeremy Martin?
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2015, 12:20:55 AM
It was a big blow, sure, but I'm not going to sit here and blame our loss on one call. Was it a call I'd have made? Probably not but if it doesn't get called, someone's probably going to be sitting somewhere talking about how it should have been.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 03, 2015, 12:23:35 AM
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You're being mentioned as a GM of the year candidate, how do you feel about that?
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2015, 12:27:41 AM
I feel honored to be a candidate. There are some great GMs in this league and to be mentioned in the same breath as them, that's an honor in itself.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 03, 2015, 12:32:10 AM
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Wow... that was a heart breaking way to go out.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2015, 12:36:25 AM
It was. That last minute interception really killed it for us. We played so well that whole game and for it to end like that...it's heartbreaking. I still loved what I saw from the guys up until that point though coach. They gave it their all.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 03, 2015, 12:42:50 AM
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No doubt about it.  We got into position, we just couldn't take that next step, but that's okay.  We were sitting here at the start of the year just wanting to compete, and we did that and more.  We are a legitimate contender, and we will be back here next season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2015, 12:47:05 AM
I couldn't have said it better. We competed all year and with a few tweaks to our team, we are definitely going to be back here next year and for years to come. We've got a nice foundation to build off of. just a matter of fitting everything together.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 03, 2015, 12:50:31 AM

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I agree boss.  Now we're heading home for a vacation before we start our off-season activities...

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2015, 01:04:59 AM
Awesome coach. To you and everyone else, I hope you enjoy your vacations. You've certainly earned them. We will reconvene after to discuss our off season plans.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2015, 01:15:56 AM
Ashley, I think that's all. Thank you for all your hard work. It is much appreciated.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 06, 2015, 01:28:42 AM
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GM Gates Congratulations on a Winning season!!! And that's not all you won!  Because of your great year and exceeding our expectations, you've won $3MM in PR money to spend before the draft!  You can find the updated toal right here! (http://espnsportssims.net/index.php?topic=1146.msg55685#msg55685)

Now GM Gates, we don't have many holes to fill, but I see some room for improvements and I'm sure you can too!  Let's make the team better and find a way to keep up our RED HOT start! 

Good luck and thanks for playing!!!


Our roster currently requires:

1 Tight Ends
2 Wide Receivers
1 Center
1 Defensive Tackle
3 Open Roster Spots (any position)

10 Practice Squad Roster Spots (optional)

1 Assistant Coach (Optional)

Our 2016 Salary cap is set at 145MM by the league.
We have 35MM remaining with our current roster.
We have 16.5MM of our PR budget remaining for next season.

   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 07, 2015, 01:38:19 PM
Thank you, Mr. Burns. I will do my best to make this team better.

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Alright Ashley, let's get things started. Can you get me in touch with Drew Leventhal, please.

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Drew, how's it going? I wanted to talk with you about George Holmes. He did a good job for us this season and we would love to keep him with the team. How does a 2 year deal worth $2 million a season sound to you to keep George in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 07, 2015, 08:58:01 PM
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We'll sign for that.

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 07, 2015, 11:19:56 PM
Good to hear, Drew. Take care.

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Can I speak with David Ames please?

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David, pleasure to speak with you again. I'm looking to talk about Rico Kinney. He has a great attitude about him and we would love to keep him in our system. It's a bit unorthodox, but what would he be interested in a 1 year deal worth 500K to play on our practice squad. I know it's not ideal, but like I said, we would love to keep him in our system. What do you say?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 08, 2015, 05:38:02 PM
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We'd only sign to the practice squad if we can't find a roster spot during unrestricted free agency.  Contact us again before pre-season and if we're unsigned we'd do that.

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 08, 2015, 07:51:04 PM
That's fair, David. I totally understand and you will definitely hear from me again if you are unable to find a roster spot. Good luck in your search.

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Can I get in contact with Mike Maker please?

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Hello Mike, how are you doing so far this off season. I'm getting in contact with you about your client Mac Strong. I don't think it comes as a surprise that we are interested in bringing Mac back to Rapid City. He played a big role in providing our offensive line with some stability and some veteran leadership and I'd love to keep that around here, to continue to give us strong protection on offense. I understand wanting to test free agency, but who knows, maybe we can get something done beforehand to keep Mac here.

I will send along an offer to you. Feel free to look it over and discuss it with Mac.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 08, 2015, 08:36:18 PM
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A nice offer, but we need time to think.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 08, 2015, 09:04:28 PM
Fair enough, Mike. If there is anything we can do to tip the scales into Mac staying now, I'm all ears. But I also understand the need to think it through and make sure it's the right spot.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 08, 2015, 09:05:41 PM
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Before ERFA ends we may counter, but we also might accept... we'll think it over.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 08, 2015, 09:51:21 PM
Awesome, Mike. Look forward to hearing from you.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 08, 2015, 09:53:21 PM
 
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of course.
 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 11, 2015, 11:45:41 AM
Alright Ashley, let's get in touch with James T. Crain.

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James, how's the off season treating you? Bryce Hinds, we're looking to bring him back to the team. How does a 2 year deal worth $2 million sound to you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 11, 2015, 04:07:36 PM
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That's a deal.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 11, 2015, 08:27:16 PM
Excellent. Pleasure as always James.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 11, 2015, 08:32:49 PM
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That's what she said!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 12, 2015, 02:07:43 PM
Well played, James. Take care.

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Ashley, can we get David Ames on the line again?

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David, how have things been? I know you said to contact you after free agency, however we have an opening on our main roster at free safety and I would like to offer that spot to Rico Kinney. He would be a back up again, but I think his experience in our system in practices last season will be beneficial. I'll even tack on an extra year and offer a 2 year deal worth $500K a season. What do you say?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 12, 2015, 10:41:35 PM
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We are about 1MM apart here Gates.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 12, 2015, 11:47:17 PM
You know what David, i can meet you at 1.5 million for 2 years.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 13, 2015, 12:07:30 AM
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Excellent.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 13, 2015, 12:32:49 AM
Excellent to hear David. Take care.

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Alright Ashley only a few things left. Lets speak with Deion Hester first.

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Deion, I know its a busy time so i will cut to the chase. We are looking to rebuild our defensive front and that starts with Mario Cavanaugh. He would be an asset to our team and would jump right into a starting role. He wouldnt be buried behind anyone here in Rapid City.  We see big things for Mario as a member of the Inferno.

Im sending along an offer for you two to consider. Im hoping we can hammer out a deal here to bring Mario to Rapid City where his talent can flourish. I see big things for him here Deion. I wont keep you much longer Deion, but if theres something more we can do to sign Mario,  we would love to hear. Take care Deion.

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Alright Ashley can we get Bobby Shapiro on the line.

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Bobby, we are looking to get Wesley Garrett signed to a deal here. I think he could be a valuable part of our defense going forward and we would love to see him flourish as a member of the Inferno. And here, he would get that chance to flourish right out of the gate.

I wont keep you long because i know this is a busy time for you. I will send along an offer for you to consider and i hope we can negotiate a deal to make Garrett a member of our team going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 13, 2015, 12:52:02 AM
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Sir, Mr. Cavanaugh was looking for around 7MM plus PR on a 5 year deal...

Mr. Garrett has agreed, however.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 13, 2015, 01:17:44 PM
Thank you Ashley. If Mr Hester is interested i have sent along another note to him regarding Mario.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 13, 2015, 02:53:15 PM
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That deal was accepted sir!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 13, 2015, 08:15:30 PM
Excellent! Thank you Ashley.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 14, 2015, 12:20:14 PM
 
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Not a problem.  Tonight when ERFA ends I will advise you of our next moves.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 17, 2015, 07:07:13 PM
Alright, Ashley. Let's get the representative for Jason Webb on the line.

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Good evening. We just drafted your client Jason Webb and would love to get him signed to the team. What kind of deal are we looking at to get it done?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 17, 2015, 07:13:39 PM
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5 years, 5.5MM, and 1.5MM in PR gets the deal done.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 17, 2015, 07:31:30 PM
It's like you read my mind, Steve. That's exactly what I was thinking of in terms of a contract. Glad to have Jason signed. Pleasure doing business.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 17, 2015, 09:14:00 PM
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You know it baby!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 19, 2015, 06:22:42 PM
Thanks again Steve.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Eric Ashworths agent please?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 19, 2015, 11:20:01 PM
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You got your man... Good move GM Gates, so since we liked you and your coaches by the time we spent together in the combine, Eric is looking to sign for 6 years, 4MM per year and 1MM in PR.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 20, 2015, 10:30:27 AM
Thats a deal we can shake on Mike. Glad to have Eric on board. Thanks.

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Can you get me in touch with David Kings agent?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 20, 2015, 11:21:51 AM
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Hey GM Gates, 3 years and 3MM gets the deal done..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 20, 2015, 01:33:29 PM
Bobby hows it going. Thats the kind of deal we can do. Glad to have David in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 20, 2015, 01:34:00 PM
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Same here.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 21, 2015, 12:35:12 PM
Take care Bobby.

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Ashley, if our new players are around, I'd like to welcome them to the team. Could you put me in touch with Jason Webb please?

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Jason, welcome to Rapid City. Glad you were there in the first, because I think someone of your skillset and athleticism will be a great talent in this league. I'm looking forward to seeing what you can do out on the HIFL field.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 27, 2015, 11:07:47 PM
Ashley, I hope you had a good break. Let's put a hold on that previous request and could you please get me in contact with the agent for James Van Driver.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 28, 2015, 06:06:58 PM

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2 years and 2MM for JVD
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 28, 2015, 06:49:07 PM
That's a deal, Drew. Glad to have JVD as a member of the Inferno.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 28, 2015, 10:01:53 PM
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Likewise.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 30, 2015, 05:00:37 PM
Take care Drew.

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Ashley, would you be able to let me know how much it will cost for us to change a players position?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 30, 2015, 05:20:24 PM
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250K, sir.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 30, 2015, 05:55:35 PM
Thank you Ashley. Can you also get me in touch with the agent for Alfonzo McCormick please? Thank you.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 30, 2015, 06:45:27 PM
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1 year at 1.75MM please and thanks.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 30, 2015, 07:01:11 PM
You've got yourself a deal, Bobby. Pleasure, as always.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 30, 2015, 07:25:09 PM
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Awww Yeah!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 30, 2015, 07:32:51 PM
Take care, Bobby.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with the representative for Juan Perreault, please.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 30, 2015, 07:39:12 PM
 
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One year and 1.5MM, Fire boy!
 
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 30, 2015, 07:43:34 PM
You got yourself a deal, James.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 30, 2015, 07:44:19 PM
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TOUSHDOWN!!!!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 04, 2016, 12:11:57 PM
 
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Sir, call on line 1.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 04, 2016, 12:55:53 PM
Put it through, Ashley.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 04, 2016, 01:19:15 PM
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Hello there GM Gates,  I just wanted to let you know that my Client Jarvis Botts would be interested in a long term extension to play for the Inferno, if you were to trade for him. He loves the prospect of playing across from Luis Brown, and for Coach Barbour, one of his role models growing up.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 04, 2016, 01:27:41 PM
I will definitely keep that in mind and contact GM Kirk about that possibility. Glad to know that he would want to stick around longer then what's left on his contract.

Thanks for the call, Bobby. One way or another, I'm sure we will talk soon.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 04, 2016, 01:33:00 PM
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See you around.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 04, 2016, 08:32:00 PM
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GM Gates, the league is investigating a matter related to Bobby Shapiro, has he been in contact with you in reference to his client Jarvis Botts?    

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 04, 2016, 11:00:51 PM
Good evening, Mr. Commissioner. Surprised to hear from you this late in the night.

Mr. Shapiro did in fact call me about Botts, but no contract figures were exchanged or anything like that. I mentioned to him that I would speak with GM Kirk about the situation and left it at that with Mr. Shapiro.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 04, 2016, 11:17:25 PM
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Excellent, thank you for your cooperation.    

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 04, 2016, 11:18:00 PM
You're very welcome. Have a good night.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 05, 2016, 09:14:14 AM
Ashley, can you put me through to Scott Forrest?

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Scott, hope all is well with you this off season. I'm calling in regards to your client, cornerback Theodore Schumacher who I think would be a good fit here in Rapid City, especially under the guidance of coach Randy Barbour. He's the sort of coach who gets the most out of his players, as does the entire coaching staff, and I feel like Theodore would excel here. As I'm sure you saw last season, Rapid City is a team on the rise and a team that is looking to compete each and every year. We would love to have Schumacher a part of this team and a part of that growth.

I've sent along an offer for you and your client to consider. I wish you and Theodore nothing but the best this off season and hopefully we're talking again soon.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 05, 2016, 11:30:44 AM
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Thank you for the pitch and the offer.  We are definitely considering Rapid City.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 05, 2016, 11:33:18 AM
Fantastic to hear, Scott. Look forward to hopefully speaking with you soon.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 05, 2016, 01:03:00 PM
Ashley, could you get Eli Harris on the line for me?

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Eli, how's it going? I'm interesting in signing your client - Richard Smith (SS) - to our practice squad. How does $250K for the one year sound to you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 05, 2016, 01:08:12 PM
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We can do that.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 05, 2016, 01:08:47 PM
Glad to hear it, Eli.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 05, 2016, 04:16:00 PM
Ashley can you get me in touch with James T. Crain please.

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JTC how's it going? I just wanted to call about some of your undrafted players that I had interest in signing to our practice squad. Fullback Charles Martinez and Defensive Tackle Lee Paulson, how would $250K sound for each of them for the one year deal for our practice squad?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 05, 2016, 04:19:15 PM
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We can do that, for both.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 05, 2016, 04:46:34 PM
Excellent. Pleasure as always James.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 05, 2016, 09:53:41 PM
Ashley, can you get me in touch with Bobby Shapiro please?

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Bobby, how's it going? I hope all is well for you now that the Botts stuff has quieted down. However, I'm calling you in regards to another of your clients, wide receiver Ralph Brown. We are interested in bringing him here to Rapid City where I think his speed and talent would be a great addition to our explosive offense. He would add another dimension, lining up alongside the likes of Dickey, Dobbins and Martin, playing for offensive minded coaches who would make sure he got his catches, all while catching the ball thrown by Jose Pruitt.

I'm sure you've seen what this offense was capable of last season, and Ralph would fit right in, helping to take it to the next level. And not just for this year, because I see Ralph as a player that could help this team for years to come, carving out a spot for himself as one of the top receivers in the game while playing in this offense. We would love for him to do that as a member of the Inferno.

We are a competitive team, Bobby so if Ralph is looking to compete at high levels, then Rapid City is the place for him. We showed it last year as an expansion team, and we're only getting better.

I'm going to fax you along an offer for you and Ralph to look over.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 06, 2016, 11:52:01 AM
Pleasure doing business, Bobby. Glad to have Ralph on board here. Take care.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Scott Forrest again, please.

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Hello again, Scott. I'm calling you in regards to your client, quarterback Christopher Paulsen. I know free agency is still ticking along, but I was wondering if your client might be interested in joining our practice squad. The offer would be $500K for the one year.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 06, 2016, 11:55:50 AM

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We can agree to that.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 06, 2016, 12:01:10 PM
Excellent. Glad to hear it, Scott.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 08, 2016, 12:05:31 PM
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Of course.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 08, 2016, 02:02:28 PM
Ashley can you get me in touch with Anthony Campanelli?

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Anthony hows it going? Calling in regards to your client LB Sean Peterson. I havent seen him signed yet and was wondering if he was interested in a 1 year deal worth 250K to stay in the HIFL and play for us here in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 08, 2016, 02:07:02 PM
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Sean expected a nice contract in the off-season, even turned down decent money from Tombstone... but the well is running dry.  You've got a deal.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 08, 2016, 03:15:06 PM
Excellent Anthony. Glad to have Sean on board.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 08, 2016, 03:17:59 PM
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You bet.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 08, 2016, 05:56:59 PM
Take care Anthony.

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Ashley, could you verify that our roster and our finances are up to code? Ive got us with 500K in salary left and 9.75 million in PR left. Want to make sure we are ready to finalize for training camp.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 08, 2016, 06:01:39 PM
 
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We are good to go.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 08, 2016, 06:02:39 PM
Excellent. I will be sending the information along in the next day or so.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 08, 2016, 08:58:54 PM

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I'll be smoldering with anticipation...
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 09, 2016, 06:17:13 PM
BASIC DEPTH CHART:

QB - Jose Pruitt - Douglas Barnhart
RB - Jeremy Martin - John Brogan - James Cody
FB - Jose Wilburn - James Cody
RT - Ralph Nutter - Juan Perreault
RG - Steven Fernandez - Juan Perreault
C - Darrin Yost - David King
LG - David Gilbertson - Juan Perreault
LT - Kenny Johnson - Juan Perreault
TE - Eric Ashworth - Henry Mullins
WR1 - Joseph Dobbins - Clint Dickey - Ralph Brown - George Holmes - James Van Driver
WR2 - Clint Dickey - Ralph Brown - George Holmes - James Van Driver

DE - Mario Cavanaugh - Wesley Garrett - Bradley Nesmith
DT - Joel Pierce - Bryce Hinds
LB - James Turpin - DeMarcus Crane - Mario Vance - Jason Webb - Sean Peterson
CB - Abraham Bittner - Luis Brown - Charles Arnold - Alfonzo McCormick
FS - Aaron Milliken - Rico Kinney
SS - Billy Faison - Gary Godfrey

K - Andrew Hernandez
P - Damien Shively

Kick Return - James Van Driver - Charles Arnold - Alfonzo McCormick
Punt Return - James Van Driver - Charles Arnold - Alfonzo McCormick

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STRATEGIES:

Backfield: Featured Running Back
Primary Receiver: Clint Dickey
Playing Time: Mostly Starters

Offensive Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Decision

Defensive Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Decision

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CAPTAINS/TRAINING:

Captains:
Starting QB: Jose Pruitt
Skill Players: John Brogan
Offensive Line: Kenny Johnson
Defensive Front Seven: DeMarcus Crane
Defensive Secondary: Billy Faison
Offensive Captain: John Brogan
Defensive Captain: DeMarcus Crane

Training:
Eric Ashworth - Pass Blocking
Ralph Nutter - Pass Blocking
George Holmes - Speed
Jason Webb - Tackling
Jason Webb - Strength
Aaron Milliken - Endurace/Conditioning

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TICKET PRICES:

Ticket Price: $300

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PR CAMPAIGNS:

Jose Pruitt - $2 million
Tag Line: "The Flame Thrower"
(1 Million) Commercial - He's not just spitting fire, he's throwing it. Pruitt will be shown throwing red hot footballs at receivers, having them sizzle past the defense and to his targets. It's going to showcase how Pruitt will be throwing heat all over the field this season with all his many targets.
(500K) "Air Miles" Giveaway - Whenever Jose Pruitt throws for more then 300 yards in a game, one lucky fan will be selected to received some Pruitt merchandise.
(500K) Pre-Season Autograph Sessions - We are going to set up autograph sessions in a few different locations during the pre season so that fans have the chance to get an autograph from the Inferno quarterback.

Jeremy Martin - $5 million
Tag Line: "Great Mojo Rising"
(1.5 Million) Commercial - Last season we watched the student become a great player, doing a little bit of everything out on the field. With the feeling that it's only going to get better, we're going to put out a commercial highlighting all that Martin does for us. How he can catch the ball, run the ball, and break tackles like a champion. He's on the rise, so much so that we're giving him, and this commercial the tag line of "Great Mojo Rising" to show that his mojo and his stock are on the rise. This will help promote our season and help get the fans out to the games.
(1 Million) A Day in the Life - Before one of our preseason games, a camera crew will follow Jeremy Martin around to show the fans what a day in his life is like before a game. How he prepares for a game, both at home and at the stadium and then a bit after the game as well.
(1 Million) Rookie of the Year Highlights - As part of a video package before home games, we will showcase Martin's dominant rookie year which culminated in him being named the Offensive Rookie of the Year. This will serve to get the fans hyped about watching Martin in games.
(500K) Autographed Football Delivery - 3 times this season we will pick one local fan and will have a Jeremy Martin signed football delivered to the fans house by Jeremy Martin himself.
(1 Million) J-Mart Athletic Clothing Line - We will work to put out a line of athletic clothing branded and sponsored by Jeremy Martin himself.


Clint Dickey - $2 million
Tag Line: "Miracle Hands"
(1 Million) Video Campaign - Dickey made a lot of great catches last year down the stretch that helped us get into the playoffs, so we will take a lot of those catches and and put them in a highlight package to show what Dickey has the miracle hands to catch anything thrown his way.
(1 Million) The Clint Dickey Experience - Outside the stadium before games, we are going to set up an experience where fans can try and catch footballs that are thrown to them. It will allow them the chance to get the wide receiver experience and see how it is to be Clint Dickey out on the field.

Ralph Brown - $2.5 million
Tag Line: "The Sparkplug"
(1 Million) Commercial - Ralph Brown's speed and athleticism could give this team a real shot in the arm, a real jump. So we will run a commercial where we showcase that. Everytime Brown moves in the commercial, the entire team will get a boost, while Brown runs circles around the defense.
(1 Million) Video Campaign - With Ralph Brown being a newcomer to the Inferno, we are going to promote him to the fans with a highlight package of some of his highlight catches from last season and college. We're going to show what he is capable of and finish off the package with the words: Coming Next Season.
(500K) Giveaway Game - At the second home game of the year we will be giving away Ralph Brown bobble heads to help promote the new receivers arrival in Rapid City.

Eric Ashworth - $1 million
Tag Line: "The Ashbringer"
(750K) Ad Campaign - Eric is going to end up burning the opposition with his abilities as a TE, and in doing so, he is going to reduce them to ash and leave more ash in his wake. That is why we have given him the nickname of The Ashbringer. We will use clips of his college play to show just how much of a nightmare he will be for defenses.
(250K) Merchandise - We're going to create a bunch of jersey T-shirts that read "The Ashbringer" with Eric's last name and number on the back. These will be sold at merchandise stands in the stadium as well as sporting goods stores throughout Rapid City and the surrounding area.

Ralph Nutter - $1 million
Tag Line: "Can't Bust the Nutter"
(500K) Billboards/Print - One year into the league and Nutter proved he was a good blocker, so we are going to promote his second year with billboards and print ads that make the statement to others that they can't bust the Nutter.
(500K) Nutter Bar - To coincide with Ralph's conditioning last year, we are going to put out a new protein bar called the Nutter Bar.

Mario Cavanaugh - $1.5 million
Tag Line: "The Quarterback's Nightmare"
(1 Million) The Quarterback's Nightmare - We will promote Mario as the pass rushing force he is by showing a video of generic quarterbacks unable to sleep due to visions of Cavanaugh appearing whenever they close their eyes. We will end the video package with a few of his sacks from last year to showcase just what he is capable of doing to the quarterbacks around the league.
(250K) Cavanaugh's Kids - There will be a box in the stadium where we will give tickets to kids in need so they can watch the game and afterwards, the will get a bunch of Cavanaugh merchandise such as jerseys and T-shirts.
(250K) Super Mario Brothers - When Mario Cavanaugh and Mario Vance on the same side of the field, good things will happen for the defense. After all, these are the Super Mario Brothers.

Jason Webb - $1.5 million
Tag Line: "Caught in a Webb"
(1 Million) Video Package - It will be a quick video package that will play on TV and in the stadium before the games. It will show Webb rushing the QB and taking them down, and each time he takes them down, they are shown as being down on the ground, trapped in a web. It will be done in a quick-hit style.
(250K) Facepainting - We will set up booths throughout the stadium so that kids - and even some adults - can have their faces painted with a web, to show their support for the young Webb.
(250K) Giveaway - Up until the final game of the preseason, people can submit to the giveaway and prior to the home opener we will draw two names. The first will get tickets to the home opener and a signed Webb jersey, while the second name will get a signed Webb jersey.

Aaron Milliken - $1 million
Tag Line: "The Milliken Man Cometh"
(500K) Billboards -This is the year that Aaron steps into the starting lineup, so we're going to promote that fact with billboards that show Aaron Milliken dressed in his Inferno uniform with his arms crossed over his chest. The billboards will say "The Milliken Man Cometh" to get everyone excited for Aaron's new role.
(500K) Pre-Game Videos - We are going to show a pre-game hype video for Milliken in which he is seen tipping and deflecting a lot of passes away from the receivers, showing that it will be tough to get anything by Aaron Milliken this season.


Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2016, 12:40:42 AM
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Here is our team report after training camp, sir.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 19, 2016, 10:17:56 PM
 
WELCOME TO SEASON 7

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR OFF-SEASON AND YOUR OUTLOOK FOR SEASON 7
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 19, 2016, 10:38:11 PM
Well another off season has come and gone, and now we sit with our eyes on Season 7. The off season went well here in Rapid City, with some pieces added that will give us that next level and improve us from last year, on both sides of the ball. We improved the defence through free agency and the draft and strenghened our offence with some key additions. All in all I would say that our off season went pretty good, not perfect obviously, but pretty good.

As far as Season 7 goes, things look extremely bright for us. We've added some fierce weapons on offense to give us more ways to burn teams and I think that is going to put us over the top and have a lot of teams abandoning their playbooks in order to catch up to us. We feel like we are in a great spot to fight for the division title and keep burning our path through the HIFL.

At this time I welcome any questions.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 19, 2016, 11:32:21 PM
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Your team had the chance to participate in the training camp tournament, how did you feel about your teams performance in this friendly competition?      
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 19, 2016, 11:35:40 PM
I enjoyed the opportunity and I think the team performed very well in the tournament. We might have come up just shy in the final game, but we had some good outings against Orlando and Oakland and the game against San Antonio was good as well. Our defense had some good outings and really held their own against the rushing attacks we saw, which was a bit of a problem for us last year. We got to see what some of our rookies could do, and got to see what our offense would look like with some of the additions and subtractions we made.

Can't complain with the way the team preformed though and I think it was a great experience for everyone.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 12:01:00 AM
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J-Mart, is he an MVP candidate this year?      
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 12:03:47 AM
He is definitely an MVP candidate this year. Everyone saw what he was capable of doing in his first year, and he has only gotten better. J-Mart has a fire inside of him to push himself to be better each time he steps onto the field. When the season gets going, Martin is going to open a lot of eyes, which is saying something considering what he did last season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 12:18:14 AM
 
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Ah yes, it's a wonderful time to be a coach. Training Camp is over, the air is clean and the wins... the wins will come.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 12:34:30 AM
Coach Bernard, welcome back! It is a wonderful time, isn't it? The team is looking good on both sides of the ball and I agree with you, the wins will come. I just have a few things to work out before the pre-season and then we can see what our scorched earth offense will be able to do as the season progresses.

Now, before we tackle the issues at hand, is there anything else you wanted to talk about before we dive in?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 12:54:16 AM
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The floor is yours boss.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 01:05:28 AM
Thank you coach.

Now, the issues you and the other coaches talked about in your notes. As you know, this is our team and I want to make sure we are both on the same page here. I've jotted down a few options here and, if you could, I would like you to read them over and give me your thoughts and feedback.

GM GATES SLIDES A PIECE OF PAPER ACROSS THE DESK TO COACH MCCARTHY
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 01:13:03 AM
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Well, the bad news is that the Amnesty Clause is only an option during the off-season.  We've started season 7 now, so we can't amnesty anyone unless they are injured or we are forced to use it via league penalty.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 01:18:36 AM
Ah, you are right coach, thank you for that clarification. Well that eliminates that from our option list. Back to the drawing board on that one, though one of the other options is still viable. Do you have a preference as to which route is to be taken?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 01:24:55 AM
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I think the first option will be easiest... The APL can be a tricky beast to tame.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 01:26:35 AM
Awesome. Thanks for your input coach, I will let you go while I take care of the things that need taking care of.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 01:29:18 AM
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Alright, sounds good.  Remember, when we lock in it's easiest to do both pre-season gameplans in the same sheet.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 03:08:03 PM
Thanks coach, I will remember to do just that. I've got some paperwork to file, and the Barnhart trade we discussed will become official. So hopefully that's one issue out of the way for us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 05:05:46 PM
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Excellent news, and it frees up some cap space.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 05:52:59 PM
Exactly. Now onto the next step. I will get in contact with you again before the pre-season games.

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Ashley, could you please set up a metting with Bobby Shapiro and Luis Brown, if he's able. Thanks.

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Gentlemen, thanks for coming. Please take a seat.

First off, I want to apologize to you, Luis. There's no excuse for not getting an extension and raise done sooner, and I am truly sorry for not getting it done before. I always intended to get to it before the first pre-season game, and I guess I left it longer then I should have. I just want you to know I never meant it as an insult to you or a slight on the year you had.

Which is why I have called this meeting today with you and your agent Mr. Shapiro. I know the two of you are busy so I will try not to take up too much of your time. We want to keep Luis here and want to show that what he did last year did not go unnoticed. I would like to offer you a 3 year deal worth $4 million this season and $6 million in season 8 and 9 with $500K in PR. We would use the PR this year to highlight Luis' record year last season before our first home game of the season. How does that sound to the two of you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 08:59:45 PM
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Man, all that matters is that we're making it right now...
 




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We will take that deal.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 09:16:30 PM
Excellent. Glad to hear that gentlemen. And you are right, Luis, the fact that we got this sorted out now is what's important. Glad we could work out a deal. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 10:46:51 PM
EVERYONE LEAVES SATISFIED
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 11:12:16 PM
Ashley, can you send up James Van Driver for me please?

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Hello James, how are you doing? First off, I want to welcome you to Rapid City. Second, I want to apologize for not giving you the extra training after changing your position. It was an oversight on my part and while I can't go back and redo training camp, what I can say is that the coaches and I see a lot of talent in you at the wide receiver position. With your speed and hands, I think you will turn some heads as a wide receiver.

The bonus is that while I dropped the ball with the training, this is a great team to learn the position from during practice. We have offensive minded coaches and all of our receivers are great options to take pointers from. I think give it a few weeks, and you will be getting the hang of things.


Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 11:36:38 PM
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Hmm... I'll give it a try, but without the extra training I'm just a little miffed mate..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 20, 2016, 11:43:13 PM
I totally understand, James and appreciate you giving it a try. At the end of the season I will reconnect with you, see what you thought about it and we can go from there. Thanks again James.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 20, 2016, 11:52:44 PM
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Okay, take it easy.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 21, 2016, 11:32:40 AM
Take it easy, James.

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Ashley, can you send up Coach Barbour please?

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Coach, welcome back. I hope you're as excited for this season as I am. I've taken steps to improve our defense from last year and while I know it's not perfect yet, I think it's better then last year's defense. I'm sure as we go through the season, we can talk about what we need to look for to get things to everyone's liking. And, as I'm sure you have heard by now, I have also managed to re-sign Luis Brown to keep our backfield strong.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 21, 2016, 08:20:16 PM
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Hey boss, I'm feeling good about the D, Webb is really fun to watch on the practice field, and adding guys like Cavanaugh really gives us another dimension.

...Good work with Luis, he definitely seems more focused on the field.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 21, 2016, 09:20:09 PM
Excellent. Glad to hear Luis is looking more focused with that contract stuff behind him. Webb is a great talent with all that he can do and he looked good in those scrimmages. And if the scrimmage games were any indication, Cavanaughs presence is already being felt up front.

One thing i noticed in your notes was a change to the nickle. I believe last year we ran a 3-4 and i was just curious if the nickle is being run because of our personelle being inadequate for the 3-4 or because you prefer it? I guess what im looking at is whether i should keep building for the 3-4 or not. I trust you and what you do for the defense i just want to make sure we are on the same page.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 21, 2016, 09:36:45 PM
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Well really, our team is better suited for a 4-3/nickle style defense.  A true 3-4 needs a bunch of 300+ lbs guys at DE and a big 320+ type guy at Nose Tackle/DT... Cavanaugh is best suited as a 4-3 DE, and in a 3-4, you're outside linebackers are supposed to be big strong pass rushers who could play DE in a 4-3... I just think we've built a strong defense, in a 4-3/nickle based defense.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 21, 2016, 10:20:05 PM
Ah good points coach. I think weve got a strong defense too and maybe next season we can get your 3-4 going again if youd prefer it to what we have going right now. But that is something we can look into later in the season.

Speaking of next season, i believe you are in the last year of your current deal and would like to sign you to a new one. I think you work well with the rest of the staff and youre flexibility is great to have. You did a great job last season and Id like to offer you a 3 year deal worth $4 million a season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 21, 2016, 11:50:18 PM
 
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I appreciate the kind words and the offer, but I make it a personal policy of mine to not talk contracts after training camp.  I'll definitely be interested in staying on board, but I'd rather not talk about extending until after the season.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 21, 2016, 11:56:18 PM
Fair enough coach, I can respect that. We will table it until after the season, we are very interested in keeping you on here. You're a big part of this team.

Is there anything else you want to talk about as it pertains to the defense?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2016, 12:11:06 AM
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Nothing springs to mind.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2016, 01:03:18 PM
Very good. Like I said we will talk again during the season in regards to what you'd need for your defense and, of course, your contract at the end. I will let you get to practice.

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Ashley can you send up coach Patrick McCarthy please?

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Coach how's it going? Just talking to the coaching staff about the team before the preseason games. From your notes it looks like you're as eager and excited for this team to get out there and show what it's truly capable of. With those scrimmage games having been played is there anything of note you want to talk about regarding the offense?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2016, 01:45:41 PM
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Nothing major, I am disappointed we couldn't and won't see Ashworth on the field right away, hoping it doesn't cost him too much development time before the start of the season.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2016, 03:27:17 PM
I am too, was hoping to see him in those scrimmages and preseason but he will get out there soon. I plan to ease him back at the start of the season so we don't rush him. I think he will be a big part of this team this year and beyond.

One thing I wanted to ask, and I know it might be a tall order, but I was wondering if you had the time during practices, could you do a little extra work with Dak Prescott. I know he's not the prototypical QB and I'm not expecting miracles, but I would like it if we could get him serviceable within our system in the event we get hit with injuries. If you have the time that is.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2016, 05:37:12 PM
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I'll do whatever I can, boss but an assistant coach might be a good idea for that project.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2016, 06:05:58 PM
True enough. I will look into it but if i cant find one i appreciate you taking a stab at it. For now i will let you get back to practice.

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Lets speak with Jeremy Martin please if hes available.

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J-Mart hows it going? Fantastic year last year and congratulations on winning the rookie of the year. Im excited to see what you do this year. How are you feeling heading into the season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2016, 06:30:40 PM
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It's going good man, I can't go anywhere now without people wanting pictures and autographs, but I'm ready to get back to football.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2016, 09:17:55 PM
The pains of being a well known name eh? Hopefully its not too bad for you out there. I didnt have much else to say just wanted to see how you were doing and congratulate you on a great rookie campaign.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2016, 09:32:22 PM
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Alright, good stuff boss man, hopefully we're adding some serious hardware next to my rookie of the year trophy after this season. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2016, 11:05:58 PM
That's the plan Jeremy. I added to both the offense and defense to get to the top. And if you play like you did last year, I don't doubt that we will. I will let you get back to practice.

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Eric Ashworth please.

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Eric how's it going? Glad we could add you to our team like we wanted, you've got some great talent. Tough break on the minor injury but hopefully it doesn't linger and we can get you cooking with the offense. You give us another dimension that will be tough for teams to stop. Other then the injury how are you feeling?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2016, 11:26:10 PM
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Other than the damn wrist, I'm fine.  Ready to start Week 1 and dominate this league.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2016, 11:34:21 PM
Excellent. We are looking forward to watching you dominate for years to come. Take care of that wrist and keep that fire alive.

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Ashley can you send Jose Pruitt up to see me?

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Jose, welcome back. Can't wait to see what you're going to be able to do with the new weapons we've added for you. How do you feel so far this season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2016, 11:40:12 PM
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I'm loving it bro, this is amazing.  We're stacked on offense!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2016, 11:44:14 PM
That's the game plan. You should be able to have a field day out there, just like you did in some of those scrimmage games, especially with our offensive line.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 12:00:22 AM
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I don't think there is a defense that can stop us boss.  We're going to burn these folks.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 12:06:53 AM
That's the Inferno way, Jose. I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you call up Coach Bernard for me?

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Hello again coach, sorry to pull you away. As you probably know we have re-signed Luis Brown and I feel as though morale is high throughout the team.

 Beyond that I just had two things to ask you. First, when it comes to our pre season play, I was thinking of going with a balanced line up for both games. Gets everyone out there and doesn't wear one person down. We did it last season to see what we had and I think it might be wise again this year. Just wanted to get your thoughts on that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 01:01:09 AM
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That's fine with me, I don't have a preference for pre-season..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 12:15:50 PM
Good, good.

The other thing I was going to ask you about was in relation to Dak Prescott and whether or not you feel hiring an assistant coach to give him more practice would actually help him. However it's probably a question best left until after the pre-season. Maybe we can get a better look at what he's capable of so we don't just have that one scrimmage game to go off of, see if hiring an assistant would actually help him become serviceable this season, or if it would just be wasting our PR that could be used better elsewhere.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 02:16:46 PM
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I think bringing in a QB coach would be a great idea for Dak.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 02:32:38 PM
Alright coach, I will begin looking for one to help Dak out. Hopefully we can get his game up a few notches. Thanks again for your time, next time we talk we will be finalizing stuff for the pre season games.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 02:42:03 PM
Ashley, we are in the market for a QB coach and was just wondering if you happened to have an updated free agent coaching list or is the one the league sent out during the off season still valid?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 03:08:17 PM
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That is the most updated list sir.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 05:15:38 PM
Thank you Ashley. Can you get me in touch with Herbert Perryman please?

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Mr. Perryman how are you doing? I was sorry to hear you had been fired from the Bruins earlier this offseason, but their move could be our gain. First off, I wanted to talk to you about your time coaching in Missouri. How did you enjoy it?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 05:17:48 PM
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I really enjoyed being a coordinator and assistant coach.  It was fun to stay in football without the hits and overall wear and tear.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 05:30:10 PM
Good to hear. We are currently in the market for an assistant coach, more specifically a QB coach to help out. Obviously your credentials as a QB are there, do you think a role as a QB coach is something you could see yourself doing? If we bring you in, we'd be looking for you to help our rookie QB improve his game with extra practice and teachings.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 05:37:11 PM
 
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As one of the most successful mobile QB's in the league's short history, I would love to come in and work with Jose and Dak. It's a perfect fit for me.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 05:45:34 PM
I think it would be too. You would probably be working more with Dak then Jose but every little bit helps.

What kind of deal would you be looking for?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 06:48:23 PM

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What did you have in mind?
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 07:18:11 PM
What would you say to a 2 year deal worth $1.5 million a season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 07:22:53 PM
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I would ask for 2MM for those 2 years... but outside of that, it's perfect.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 07:24:53 PM
2 years at $2 million? Lets make that a deal, coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 07:43:47 PM
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Perfect, I'll get right to work.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 10:11:00 PM
Fantastic coach. Glad to have you on board.

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Ashley, Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach i signed Herbert Perryman to be our QB coach and help out Prescott. I think he will be able to share some of his own wisdom with Dak and help him grow into a better QB.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2016, 10:24:42 PM
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Great. That should help.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2016, 10:38:42 PM
I think it will.

Beyond that theres nothing else to report so heres the information for both pre season games.

Rotation: Balanced
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategies: Coaches decisions

Lock in for Both Games
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 12:00:33 AM
 
S7 PRESEASON

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2016, 09:01:52 AM
Looking at the preseason, I'm very happy with how this team performed and am very excited to put this team in real game action. We have a ton of offense and an improved defense that will once again propel us forward and have other teams trying to catch up.

It will be great to have Eric Ashworth back, glad to hear he is healthy. He is a big piece of this team with his size and ability creating havoc for opponents, especially if they try and cover all our potential weapons. With the preseason behind us it is time to get out there and lay down some Scorched Earth.

Any questions?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 02:21:17 PM
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At the start of the preseason you brought Herbert Perryman in as your teams QB coach, talk us through the decision to go that route vs. an assistant coach to help in other areas.      
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2016, 02:47:05 PM
We brought Coach Perryman in to help give Dak Prescott a little extra practice at the quarterback spot. We feel that Dak has the tools to one day succeed as a quarterback, he just needed a little extra teaching to get there. After discussing it with the rest of the staff, we felt like bringing in a QB coach was the way to go.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 02:54:59 PM
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You kick off the season in prime time on a road trip to division rival Oakland.  How big is this game, and how do you keep your players nerves down?      
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2016, 03:03:22 PM
Any game within your division is big and this is no different. Oakland is a tough team, but we beat them twice last season and I know that we can do the same this year, especially with the improvements we have made to our team. As far as nerves, this team is filled with competitors and everyone is ready to get out there and play some meaningful football, no matter when it is. Come game time everyone will be ready to go and ready to take on the Silverbacks.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 05:59:36 PM
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We are all very excited to get the season started.  Oakland is going to get a wake up call this year.  This is our division.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2016, 06:13:57 PM
I couldn't have said it better, coach. We've got all the tools to win the division. We almost did it last year, but this year, this is the year that we take the North West. I loved what I saw in the pre-season, and that was with a balanced attack, so when we roll on the starters full time, you can only imagine what kind of chaos we will create for Oakland.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 09:47:38 PM
 
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Their weak secondary is in for a rude awakening, that much is certain.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2016, 10:16:50 PM
Even last year when they had Glass we managed to get to them through the air, so I am sure that we will do the same this year. We just have to keep their running game at bay and we should be in the money, coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 10:21:16 PM
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I absolutely agree.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2016, 10:23:27 PM
Excellent.

I guess the only thing to really discuss is Eric Ashworth. He's back and healed up from his injury, but how well do you think he's progressed? Basically, do you feel we should ease him back in or should we start him and see what happens? I'd hate to rush anything with him, since I see him as a big part of our offense moving forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 11:08:21 PM
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I think as a tight end, he will be fine going right in.
 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2016, 11:27:03 PM
Good. I'm excited to get him into our offense and see what the full team is capable of. We've already seen the impact Ralph had in the pre-season.

I know it's only the pre-season, but it's a question worth asking you. Did you notice anything during the two games that might be cause for concern going forward?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2016, 11:36:10 PM
 
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No I didn't, I felt confident in what I saw.
 
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 28, 2016, 01:39:09 PM
As did I, coach. Confident and excited to get this season started. I don't have much else to go over with anyone, so why don't we gather the team together before we wrap up the week.

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Gentlemen, gather up.

Every player says they want to be on a winning team, and when I look around this room I see a winning team. I see forty men who will compete for every yard, for every down, men who will not give up even if there is a wall of opposition in front of them. A team that wants to succeed together as a unit. And as a team we will destroy offenses and carve up defenses until we reach the top.

And it all starts this week against Oakland. So let's go out there and show them what we are capable of. Let's go out there and show the entire league what we are capable of, that we mean business, that we are for real.

Let's go out there and show them what Scorched Earth is all about!

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Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes: (Just to make sure) Eric Ashworth to TE1, Henry Mullins to TE2. Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 02, 2016, 08:06:11 PM
S7 WEEK 1 RESULTS

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 12:51:04 PM
Well that is not how we wanted to start our season, but we also lost our first game last year and still continued to push for the division and made the playoffs. It's only one game and I, for one, am not worried about this team going forward. Looking at the box score one might think that we got blown out but really, I think the game was a lot closer then that makes it look. We just missed some opportunities to capitalize and put Oakland down, and I think as the season goes along and we start to get our rhythm, this team will show just what it's capable of.

And even though we lost, there are still a lot of positives to draw from this game. We moved the ball down the field with good effect, and even though we ended some of those drives with interceptions I wouldn't say it's completely bad news. I liked our 3rd down efficiency and even though it could be improved upon, it was still a positive, as were the defensive contributions that we got. Like I said, I feel that this team is just scratching the surface of what we are capable of. Everyone in the locker room knows that we are capable of doing talented things out there on the field, and that it's just a matter of working through a few things to get there. We are too talented to not explode onto the scene. It's a long season still, and we still have a lot of noise to make.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 12:54:42 PM
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What is the biggest improvement you hope to see this week?    
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 01:06:41 PM
That's a tough one because theres no one area that I think we need to improve upon. As a whole, we played a good game, we just let opportunities get away from us. So I guess that would be the area I'd like to see improvement, the way we handle the opportunities. Those 10 points that Oakland got off of turnovers, those were the main reason we lost. I don't put that blame squarely on anyone, but as a team, we need to get better at making the most of every time we have the ball. We need to protect it and march down the field to score the points that I know we are capable of scoring.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 01:15:31 PM
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How do you plan on containing Michael Hodge this week, and do you worry that by putting too much focus on him do you leave Dorial Green-Beckham space to make plays on his own?     
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 01:22:57 PM
Our back field has always been top notch. Between Brown, Bittner, Arnold, Faison, and Milliken starting, we have the weapons needed to contain most receivers in the league. Even last week we only gave up 200 passing yards and a lot of that is thanks to the play of our defense as a whole.

Hodge is a special player, there's no doubt about that. We will most likely keep an extra eye on him, but we're not going to let Green-Beckham punish us. We've got the talent back there to watch both men and watch them well. I think we will be able to limit the damage that Hodge does to us, while also keeping Green-Beckham in check.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 01:36:11 PM
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I'm really surprised by that game.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 01:41:19 PM
So did I coach, it didn't seem like our sort of game. But it's like I said to the press, I don't think it was a terrible game altogether, I think it was just those two interceptions that did us in. Otherwise it's a closer score.

Was the Oakland defense too tough for us?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 01:43:33 PM
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I wouldn't say too tough, but they may have been more hungry than we were... We beat them twice last year and they probably had some extra motivation. 

We just played a little flat.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 01:46:33 PM
Good point. They were probably looking to avenge those two losses to us last year. We will be ready for them the next time we face them.

As for the game, I'm not too worried with how we played. Sure it was flat, but I feel like it will be an eye opener for the guys and that we will pick it up in the coming weeks.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 02:09:54 PM
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Hopefully.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 02:32:42 PM
I guess we will see what happens next week against St. Paul. I believe we can come out strong against them and as long as we keep Hodge in check we should be good.

Question for you coach, do you think we should move Luis Brown into our CB1 slot or leave things as they are?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 03:13:55 PM
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He might not get as many picks... but I think he would do a great job shutting down teams top wide receivers.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 03:21:58 PM
And shutting down the receivers is the important part. I think I might roll the dice with it this week seeing as how we are facing someone like Hodge. It might not stop him completely, but I hope we can at least keep him in check.

Is there anything else you wanted to go over this week coach? Anything you saw against Oakland that we might need to address?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 07:09:28 PM
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Nothing major, we just need to get back on track.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 07:16:45 PM
My thoughts exactly coach. And I know we can. We lost our first game last season to Lincoln and we ended up having a great season. I'm sure you and the rest of the coaching staff is going to be able to get these guys going for the next game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 07:32:15 PM
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I don't see why not.  We are too talented to struggle, and to be quite frank... St. Paul's defense is not what is used to be.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 07:38:02 PM
I agree coach. We've got weapons at all fronts and I just think we will be able to put up a lot of points. Even if Hodge gets free and scores a few touchdowns, I think we will be able to outscore them if it turns into a shootout. I don't foresee it happening that way - I think our defensive backs are too good to let that happen - but you never know. Glad to know we're on the same page coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 08:53:54 PM
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We're always on the same page Mr. Gates.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 09:09:48 PM
Very true.

I will let you get back to practice and back to getting these guys ready for this upcoming week. First home game of the season.

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Ashley can you call up Coach Barbour for me please?

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Good evening coach. The defense did well last week, but the reason I brought you here is about something I mentioned to coach McCarthy and just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page. I was thinking about switching Luis Brown to our CB1 slot. He will get less interceptions, sure, but I think he might help stop some of the top receivers, especially this week against Hodge. What do you think?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2016, 11:08:44 PM
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I don't think he'd get any less interceptions, I think he's a skilled corner who can pick it off any time the ball comes his way.  If anything, the ball could come his way more with more chances to pick it off since he's on the teams top target.
 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2016, 11:19:31 PM
Good point. And this is why I like talking to you coach, you always give me more information.

I think we're going to roll the dice and move Brown to CB1.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 04, 2016, 12:24:41 AM
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Sound's good, I'll let the guys know when we hit the practice field.
 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 04, 2016, 12:30:42 AM
Awesome. Anything else you want to talk about regarding the defense before you head out?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 04, 2016, 12:40:39 AM
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No sir, I'm good
 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 04, 2016, 02:33:41 PM
Alright, I'll let you get to it. Thanks again, coach.

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Ashley can you send up Ralph Brown for me please?

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Ralph, welcome to Rapid City. I love what I'm seeing from you out there, it looks like you and Jose already have a good rhythm going. Looking forward to seeing what kind of damage you can do as the season progresses.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 04, 2016, 02:40:08 PM
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Word man, just keep me fed and things will be good.
 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 04, 2016, 03:18:08 PM
Based on what I've seen, Jose trusts you so you should see your fair share. I see big things for you here Ralph, just keep up the good work.

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Ashley, Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach I think we're ready to head into our next game. I don't have any big changes for the offense - I think time will be the real thing to help us get the Scorched Earth going. Going to go ahead and move Luis Brown to CB1 see if that helps us keep the Lynx aerial assault in check. Beyond that, let's just go out there and get things rocking. I know we can do it coach.

Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-Luis Brown to CB1, Abraham Bittner to CB2
-Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 12, 2016, 10:14:35 PM
S7 WEEK 2 RESULTS

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR GAME AND YOUR NEXT OPPONENT
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 13, 2016, 12:29:48 AM
It might only be week 2, but I think any time you come out of a game with a win, it's a good thing. And our win was just that, a good thing. The team worked hard as a unit to put together a complete game. We had everything going, everyone was firing on all cylinders. Jose Pruitt had an efficient game for us, moving us down the field and connecting for four touchdowns while Martin got back over 4 yards a carry. Our receivers we there to grab the balls, and our offensive line just continues to get better. Offensively we had a solid game.

Defensively we had a solid game as well. We forced their QB to throw some interceptions and while Hodge was able to rack up 117 yards, we made sure he earned those yards this time out. Obviously their passing game is solid and I think we did a fine job at keeping their weapons at bay. And with the play of our defense, we were forcing them to throw the ball since we had shut down their running game in the second half.

With every game we play, this team is getting more and more in sync and it's only a matter of time before we are even better on both sides of the ball. Our next test comes against Lincoln who played us tough last year. I think a lot has changed for both teams since then but I believe that we will be able to take the victory from the Pride. This team has the chops to that and more.

Any questions?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 13, 2016, 10:16:05 AM
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Lincoln is coming off of a ridiculous 58-7 beat down of Music City.  How do you plan on combatting the league's #3 scoring defense?      
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 13, 2016, 10:32:23 AM
I think the Pride took advantage of a young rookie quarterback last week when they stomped Music City. I believe they managed 6 picks and when you take that backfield ability and add it with their defensive line, it's going to be a tough game. But I know our guys can get the job done. We have more experience at the quarterback position and I feel like our playmakers are going to match up well with their defense, allowing Pruitt to get the ball to them when need be. And I know our defense is going to hold their offense in check as well.

To answer your question, how do we plan to combat it? We're going to make sure we are just as efficient as we were against St. Paul. We will make sure that when we throw passes, we hit receivers and limit their defensive takeaways. We've got the ability to do just that, we saw it last week and I know we can do it again.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 13, 2016, 10:48:30 AM
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I am really liking the balance of our pass game. Our WR's are all sharing the load and I think it's going to make us hard to defend.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 13, 2016, 10:54:40 AM
I think so too, coach. Just looking at last game, Dickey got the yards, but Dobbins, Martin and Brown got the touchdowns. No matter who our opponents cover, someone will be mismatched, especially with Ashworth or Mullins out there at the TE spot. Jose's got a lot of targets and I'm sure he's like a kid in a candy store because of it. Obviously it's going to pay dividends this week against a tough Pride team.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 13, 2016, 10:58:59 AM
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That's the plan.  Lincoln is tough, but I don't think they are as tough as they looked last week.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 13, 2016, 11:10:22 AM
Definitely not. Last week they were able to take on a young rookie and gobbled up 6 picks, but they won't have that luxury against us with all our weapons. I think our game against St. Paul was just the beginning of things to come, coach.

Speaking of last week, I liked how we played overall, on both sides of the ball. The defense really stepped up without Cavanaugh out there, and we managed to contain their passing attack and limit the damage. And as we noted, the offense was great as well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 13, 2016, 09:39:48 PM
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Definitely, we played a real complete game.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 13, 2016, 11:22:56 PM
Indeed we did coach. I dont see a reason to mess with anything this week. Is there anything you wanted to touch on before i talk to a few guys?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 13, 2016, 11:31:28 PM
 
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Nothing comes to mind boss.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 14, 2016, 03:23:55 PM
Awesome. I will let you head to practice.

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Ashley can you get me Dr. Bernie Embers for me?

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Hey Doc how are you? Hows the team doing health wise at the moment? Anything to worry about?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 14, 2016, 05:34:54 PM
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Webb and Holmes are both exhausted from our training routines, but outside of that, there are no major concerns.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 14, 2016, 08:14:48 PM
In your opinion do you think a week off might help them or is it something they should just work through?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 14, 2016, 09:46:02 PM

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I'd just recommend lightening up the training schedule.  They just need more rest during the week.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 14, 2016, 11:41:21 PM
Thanks, doc. I will see what I can do. I will let you go now.

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Ashley, coach Barbour please.

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Coach, great job this past week. With no Cavanaugh the guys still managed to keep St. Paul at bay. One thing that came up this week when talking to the doctor was that Webb seemed exhausted from the training and while I'd hate for him to get less training, I'd hate for it to bleed into our weekly games. Dialing it back might be an idea but I wanted to run it by you first.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 14, 2016, 11:47:09 PM
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That makes sense, I suppose some guys just aren't as fit as we thought they were coming into the season..
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 15, 2016, 11:15:14 AM
Who knows. That was the word i got from the doctor. Maybe theyre just not used to the rigors of the pros. Since it sounds like youre okay with it i will look into reducing it a bit for him. Would hate to see him burn out, hes been doing great for us this season.

I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley can you send Jason Webb up to see me please?

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Jason, great job out there this season. Youre really doing a bit of everything which is what we were looking for when we drafted you. Just wanted to see how you were doing and how youre feeling being on that field.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 15, 2016, 02:04:29 PM
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I don't think I have what it takes to be pushed so hard in training boss... I'm worn out man.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 15, 2016, 05:27:38 PM
I appreciate your honesty Jason and i am going to see what i can to keep you out there this season which might mean a little less training. Im going to see what i can do because when youre out there youre doing great things and we want to keep you from burning out too quickly. I also dont want you to lose too much on the training side so i will try and see what middle ground i can come to.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 15, 2016, 07:48:08 PM
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Sounds good man.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 17, 2016, 12:13:06 AM
Excellent. I will let you get back to things, Jason.

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Ashley can you send Coach Bernard McCarthy up to see me?

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Alright coach, we're just about ready to get things loaded for our game against Lincoln. Before I finalize everything, I just wanted to let you know that I am altering the training schedule for a few players. Nothing huge, it was just brought to my attention that a few were feeling a bit exhausted. Just going to ease up a bit on them right now, and make sure they are able to be as close to 100% on game day. Just wanted to let you know so you weren't shocked and blind sided by the changes when they came down the pipe.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 17, 2016, 12:34:01 AM
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Understood boss.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 17, 2016, 01:00:33 AM
I don't want them to miss too much, so we will implement what I've got below and go from there. I will check in next week and see how things are for them. It's worth a shot to keep everyone ready for game day. Beyond that though, no real changes from last week. I think we're getting into a nice groove so let's keep that cooking and take the Pride down a notch.

Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes: Coaches Decisions

Training:
Jason Webb and George Holmes will not participate in normal training. Instead, they will participate in the following training regime:

In Season Training Schedule:
5 Hours Position Training
5 Hours Athletic Training
5 Hours Physical Training
7 Hours Film Study

Players:
Jason Webb
George Holmes

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2016, 12:31:58 PM
S7 WEEK 3 RESULTS

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR GAME AND YOUR NEXT OPPONENT, AND NOW YOU SEE YOUR TEAM FINISHING THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE SEASON.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2016, 08:05:56 PM
Well, a loss wasn't exactly the result I was hoping for, but in the end, this team played some good football. Sure, people can point to us only scoring 3 points in the second half, but on the flip side, we held Lincoln to 3 points in the first half and while that might not seem like much to some considering we lost, to me it shows that this team is capable of holding offenses at bay. We played well enough to win, we just let the game get away from us and ended up losing in overtime.

Offensively I thought we played pretty well. We put up some good numbers and moved the ball around the field pretty well. Perhaps there were some missed opportunities by us but we still played a great offensive game. And defensively the team played well also with some great contributions from a lot of key players there. Lincoln were just a bit better then us in the second half and that ended up spelling our downfall. The whole team played a great game, and we lost as a team. There's no one person to blame for it, we lost as a team.

Next week we are headed to Missouri to play the Bruins who I'm sure are hungry for a win.  GM Bone has done a great job with the team after taking over for his predecessor, but we are the better team. I know that, the guys in the locker room know that and it's only a matter of time before the Bruins know that too.

Any questions?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2016, 09:43:29 PM
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Any concern about Jeremy Martin after he basically ran out of gas this week?       
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2016, 10:27:55 PM
There's always concern when it comes to the health and well being of a player, so naturally we will look into it and make sure that Jeremy is healthy going forward. I have no concerns with his ability, as we all know he's a great running back, but we will look into his health and make sure he's fit and ready to go.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 26, 2016, 08:57:16 PM
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At 1-2, you're team hasn't been as successful as many expected.  ...What do you think the team is missing?       
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 26, 2016, 10:00:52 PM
The season is still young but I think the one thing this team needs is consistent play. We haven't played bad this season, I just think we need to be consistent from kickoff to the final seconds of the fourth quarter. You saw how we held Lincoln in the first half, if we could keep that up into the second half things would have been different.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 26, 2016, 10:42:53 PM
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So would you say your team has a stamina issue?       
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2016, 12:40:59 PM
It's tough to say. I don't think that question can be properly answered at this moment. A lot of the players here were on the team last season and stamina wasn't an issue so who knows what it is. I'm sure through figuring things out with our coaching staff we can find a solution to turn our season back on course.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2016, 05:34:09 PM
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I don't think we have a stamina issue, one game does not a season make.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2016, 06:44:32 PM
I dont think we do either coach. It's like I said, a lot of these guys were here last year and stamina wasnt an issue. I don't think we played bad against Lincoln. They played hard in the second half. It's still a young season though, still plenty of time to catch fire.

So let's get going towards next week. Is there anything more to Martin sitting out the second half or was it just like he said, dehydration and fatigue.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2016, 06:54:52 PM
 
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Well, since you asked, the truth is he came out and was tired, and while he was sitting there resting up, one of our position coaches came over to him and asked him if he was ready to get back into the game, he mouthed off to him and I decided that was it, he needed to sit and learn a lesson.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2016, 07:12:26 PM
I thought there might have been something else. I can't fault your decision coach, sometimes you've got to sit someone out so they can think about things. Especially when they're young. I will make sure to have a word with Jeremy myself later.

Outside of that I didn't see anything of alarm with the team this week. We played well on both sides of the ball I thought, maybe a bit less so on defense in the second half.

The only thing I wanted to pick your brain on was blitzing. I know we don't do it a whole heck of a lot, but I was thinking of maybe upping the percent of it, maybe that will help get the QB to throw some interceptions and make the run game less efficient for the enemy. I'd up it to where we had it at the end of last season, probably around 20-25%. Thoughts?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2016, 08:51:35 PM
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We did have some success with that ratio last year, so it wouldn't step on any toes I don't think.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2016, 08:54:37 PM
It's not a huge move, so I didn't expect it to and Coach Barbour seemed fine with it last season. And this year we've got some guys who could really do some damage with a little more blitzing.

Anything else for me coach, before I move on to other things?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2016, 08:59:09 PM
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Nothing else comes to mind, I'm definitely ready to win this weeks game and get that overtime loss out of my head.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2016, 09:10:02 PM
I hear that coach. Let's take it to Missouri this week. I'll let you get to practice and get the guys ready to tear the Bruins a new one.

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Ashley, can you send Jeremy Martin up to see me please?

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J-Mart, how are you doing man? How are you feeling?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2016, 09:18:17 PM
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Well, I don't know boss, I'm alright I guess.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2016, 09:42:07 PM
Well that's kind of why I called you up here. Coach mentioned something about an incident during the Lincoln game and I just wanted to talk to you about it, get your side of things, your thoughts.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2016, 10:32:58 PM
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Man, I lost my cool, told the RB coach that I'd be ready when I'm ready.... and Coach sat me the rest of the game, and I gotta think that's why we lost man.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2016, 11:05:03 PM
I'll be real with you Jeremy, you could be right. That could very well be the reason we lost but at the same time, I can't fault coach for what he did. I know you probably lost your cool in the heat of the moment, and I can understand that, but if coach felt what happened was disrespectful to the RB coach, he was probably just acting accordingly. Sometimes a little discipline is needed. After all, everyone has to be held accountable for their actions.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2016, 11:22:25 PM
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You saying that winning isn't the most important thing at the end of the day?
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 28, 2016, 02:16:07 PM
That's not what I'm saying at all. Winning is important, but so is making sure that the players are held accountable. I know what happened does not reflect the type of player or man that you are, but the coach had to do what he felt was in line with what happened. I'm sure the coach would have done the same thing with any player he felt was being disrespectful in order to show them that it is not to be tolerated.

Yes, we want to win, so my advice is to put this whole thing in the past and move past it. Come out guns blazing in our next game. Show everyone how wrong it was to bench you and that this was the isolated incident we both know it was.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 28, 2016, 04:16:22 PM
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I hear you man, that makes sense... I just thought it was win at all costs, I didn't realize accountability was so important.
   
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 28, 2016, 07:58:11 PM
Accountability is always important, in sports and in life. But its like i said, lets put this in the past, learn from it, and channel all of that into a great game against the Bruins. I can sense a big game for you this week, J-Mart.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 29, 2016, 09:32:58 AM
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I'll make sure to fix my attitude boss, thanks for dropping some knowledge on me.
   
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 29, 2016, 10:32:37 AM
Thanks Jeremy. I will let you get back to practice.

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Jason hows it going? Just wanted to follow up on what we spoke of last week. Did the slight change in training help at all?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 29, 2016, 11:31:01 AM
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I feel like a new man boss, thank you so much.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 29, 2016, 01:09:34 PM
Glad I could helped. You've been good for us out there and I wanted to make sure you're able to play all game at the level you are accustomed to. That's all I had for you right now, just wanted to check in. I'll let you head back to practice.

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Coach McCarthy, how's it going? I know it's only 3 games in, but wanted to get your thoughts on our offense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 29, 2016, 01:51:22 PM
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We haven't been as explosive as I had hoped, but I'm hoping it changes soon.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 29, 2016, 02:01:03 PM
That's true, we haven't seen that yet, but like you, I think it will come soon enough. We haven't played too bad on offense though, just looking to click it into that second year. Anything you've seen out there that might be something to look at going forward? A problem or something like that?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 29, 2016, 02:05:55 PM
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No, nothing in particular, I think we are just waiting to get into that rhythm and get some real good momentum going.  The defenses adjust, and now we're making our own adjustments.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 29, 2016, 02:17:29 PM
Couldn't have said it better. I think we just need to find that rhythm and then once we have that big game, we're going to be rolling on offense. Thanks for coming to see me, I'll let you get back to practice.

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Can you send Coach Barbour up to see me please?

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Coach, how's it going? It's been 3 games, and I wanted to get your early season feeling for the defense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 29, 2016, 09:33:25 PM
 
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Its only 3 weeks in... Im not really into evaluating the entire defense like this man, the answer is usually gonna be "everything looks good."
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 29, 2016, 11:03:56 PM
Fair enough, fair enough.

Let's look at this week. I was thinking of upping the blitz ratio to about 20-25%, kind of where we had it towards the end of last year. Maybe it will cause the opposition to make a few more mistakes that we can capitalize on.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 01, 2016, 08:32:27 AM
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Alright, that's cool with me.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 01, 2016, 09:51:39 PM
Right on. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, we're ready to finalize everything. Nothing much is going to change other then the blitz ratio as we talked about. Let's go out there and grab a win over the Bruins.

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Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes: Blitz Ratio to 25%; everything else Coaches Decision

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 13, 2016, 11:38:55 PM
S7 WEEK 4 RESULTS

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR GAME AND YOUR NEXT OPPONENT, YOUR TEAMS NEWS, AND YOUR FIRST QUARTER OF THE SEASON
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 11:12:46 AM
What a game. That's the offensive output this team is capable of on a weekly basis, and we finally saw it breakthrough in a big way against Missouri. Pruitt moved the ball down the field extremely well and found his receivers for well timed scores, and Martin had a great start the game. As the games have gone on, we have definitely felt things clicking on offense better and better.

And defensively, the team was fantastic, holding the Bruins to 10 points and stuffing their run. The defense has been playing well as of late, and that was evidenced by the performances we saw today. Crane and Webb making their tackles, Luis Brown defending 5 passes and doing what he does as one of the best cornerbacks. Everyone on defense came together to really stop the Bruins from getting any momentum going and limiting their scoring output.

Next week we travel to Las Vegas to take on the ever dangerous Scorpions. They might be down 0-4, but they are a team that can strike at will so we will definitely be ready for what they have in store for us. With the way our team plays a team game, we will be ready for everything. And with Jose Pruitt leading the team at QB, a man who is doing a fantastic job for our team and is one of the best so far this season, the sky is the limit. He's been able to move the ball down the field and hit his targets every game, and this will be no different.

We sit 2-2 right now, but that doesn't mean we're struggling. There are still a lot of games to go and as we heat up, as we get even hotter, we are going to climb up the standings.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 06:07:15 PM
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With Jeremy Martin injured, does this change the teams strategy going forward?      
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 06:31:39 PM
We will have to see the severity of Martin's injury, but as far as our game plan goes, if Jeremy is to miss time, our game plan wouldn't change too much. We still have Brogan who is a very capable running back, and one who can handle the load if need be. I mean, look at the box score. Even with Martin out, Brogan still managed to run the ball well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 07:04:05 PM
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With the NCAA season in full swing now as well, what positions do you believe you will be keeping an eye on during the season as a potential upgrade going forward?      
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 07:17:43 PM
I'm not one to exclude looking at certain positions, since you never know when a player can help you going forward, but I think our focus would be on defense. See if maybe we can find one or two players to help us going forward, adding to what we already have working for us this season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 07:19:46 PM
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Good win this week.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 07:21:32 PM
Agreed coach. Everything seemed to go well for us. Our defense did a great job and our offense was doing what we thought it would do all season. And it never hurts to get a nice return touchdown to add into the mix.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 10:50:31 PM
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Yes, always good to get points from another phase of the team, big stuff all around.

Now just the update on Jeremy Martin, he caught a finger to the eye and came out of the game, he had some blurred vision and pain, but with a visor and some luck, he'll be back on the field this week. 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 11:08:58 PM
Ah okay. Let's hope he's good to go. He was having a great game for us before that injury. But in the chance that he's not we have a capable back up in Brogan I think. He might not be Martin, but he's still capable of moving our ground game.

Any word on Cavanaugh?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 11:23:26 PM
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He was involved in a car accident on the way to the game last weekend.  He is okay, but has some neck pain... We aren't sure if he'll be ready to go or not yet.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 11:26:39 PM
Ah, ok. Glad he is okay, even if he's a little banged up. Our defense seemed to do great without him this week so if he needs some time, I'm not too worried. His health is what's important here.

There's not much else to really touch on this week. I know the Scorpions will be tough, even if they are 0-4, but I think if we keep things the way we have been we stand a good chance to send them down 0-5. I'm also going to leave the blitz ratio at what we changed it to going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 11:30:23 PM
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That is perfectly fine with me.   I just hope we can handle their pass rush, they get a lot of pressure on the QB, and there isn't much that anyone can do to stop them.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 11:33:58 PM
Yeah that will be tough to combat. I know our offensive line is pretty good, so hopefully they can give Pruitt time. Do you think there's anything we can really do other then hope, to prepare ourselves for that pass rush?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 11:35:07 PM
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Honestly, No. I think it's just a sheer battle of wills.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 14, 2016, 11:39:37 PM
Then lets hope our soldiers are ready to do battle. They've gotten better as the seasons gone on, so this will be a real test for them.

Anything else you want to address about the team this week?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 14, 2016, 11:40:25 PM
 
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No, I am comfortable.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 15, 2016, 10:06:53 PM
Alright then coach, I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you send John Brogan to my office, please?

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John, how's it going? Just wanted to say great job last week. You kept the ball rolling on the ground and along with Jose, kept our offense moving. How are you finding things this year?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 15, 2016, 10:28:57 PM
 
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You know how it goes boss, I'd love to be starting somewhere, but I love what we have here with me and Jeremy.  The kid is a bright star in the making and to be able to help him get better, and step in when needed, man I feel it here.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 16, 2016, 04:21:48 PM
I love what the two of you have going here too. You've been a big part of whats happening here, and I love it. Keep up the great work, John. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you send up DeMarcus Crane for me please?

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DeMarcus, how's it going? Love what you're doing out there this season, you're really taking the bull by the horns and having a great season. As the defensive captain, I just wanted to get your feeling for how the defense is morale wise. How are the guys in the locker room?

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 16, 2016, 08:15:06 PM
 
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Overall man, I guess we're good.  Some of us have some issues going on.  I know Wesley is kinda "meh" on things, I don't think he's feeling like he fits the system, and its effecting his game; and Sean Peterson, he's not used to watching games from the bench, so it's getting to him. ...things like that.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 16, 2016, 08:28:47 PM
Ah, ok. With the way you guys have all been playing out there, I couldn't really tell. But thanks for letting me know, Captain.

How are you finding things this year for yourself?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 16, 2016, 08:43:44 PM
 
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I feel like I'm making a step in the right direction for myself, but I feel like we should be better than 2-2 right now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 16, 2016, 08:57:23 PM
I think you're making a lot of steps in the right direction, DeMarcus. Keep up the hard work and you will keep taking those steps in the right direction. Don't worry about the record, the wins will come. We have too much talent not to.

I will let you get back to practice. Keep up the good work.

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Coach Randy Barbour please.

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Coach, glad to speak to you again. I know we might not be playing the defensive system you prefer, and I want to make sure we can remedy that. Part of that is figuring out which players we have that fit well with your vision - which we can always talk about later in the season - and the other part is scouting. Just wanted to pick your brain about what you think we should focus on as far as our defensive scouting goes.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 16, 2016, 09:27:05 PM
 
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Well really boss, we need to first decide what our defensive plan is going forward.  What do you want me to coach, lets decide that first and then we can figure out what we need.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 16, 2016, 10:05:59 PM
Fair enough, coach.

I want to get back to running the 3-4 system that you are comfortable with. I believe we started the year running a nickle defense and I think a defensive scheme you are most comfortable with will be the best bet going forward. You've done a great job this year and I think if we work together, we can get ourselves in line to have a nice 3-4 system for next season. How does that sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 16, 2016, 10:08:01 PM
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Okay, that sounds good.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 16, 2016, 10:32:40 PM
Awesome, coach.

Do you want to start going over specifics now, or should we wait until next week? It might give us a bit more time to think on what we will need to do.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 16, 2016, 11:07:31 PM
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We can hammer out the details next week.  I'll see what we need to do for this season, we might end up needing to move guys around and make some position changes to make it all work, so we will need the PR money to make it happen.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 16, 2016, 11:23:36 PM
Alright, sounds good. Weve got PR money, so whatever works to help us this season and beyond we can hammer out next week. I will let you get back to practice.

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Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, no changes from last week. It's going to be a tough game but I know we have what it takes to avenge our playoff loss and beat the Scorpions. Let's set Sin City on fire.

Player Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes: Blitz Ratio to 25%; everything else Coaches Decision

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 22, 2016, 11:04:02 AM
S7 WEEK 5 RESULTS

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR GAME, YOUR NEWS, ANOTHER NEWS STORY AROUND THE LEAGUE, AND YOUR NEXT OPPONENT
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 22, 2016, 12:07:27 PM
Whenever you go up against a defense like Las Vegas', points are likely going to be difficult to come by, even for an offense with as much firepower as ours. My hats off to Las Vegas for a tough fought game.

For the victory, I have to give credit to the entire Rapid City team. From offense to defense to special teams, the team came together to make a hard fought game into a victory. We might not have had the usual high numbers in the running game, due in large part I feel to the front seven of Vegas, but our offensive line gave Pruitt enough time to move the ball downfield through the air, allowing us to get ourselves in the right position for timely field goals. I said it a lot last season and it hasn't been any less true this season. Andrew Hernandez is a fantastic kicker and has done a lot for us. That fourth quarter field goal proved to be the winning shot, and that's because of our great kicker.

Of course, there's that element of luck that some will point to. If the Vegas TE doesn't drop one of those passes, we're possibly sitting here talking about a different outcome, but I feel that what happened in the end wasn't luck, but was a product of the hard play of our defense. They've been playing hard all year and throughout a game, a player can get inside a players head and I feel like that's what Webb did on that final attempt. He had their TE thinking contact and he acted before he caught the ball. And to keep a great QB like May from throwing a touch down, that's a fantastic feat and I am proud of this team.

I'm sure people want to hear my thoughts on James Turpin's decision and, well, what he said was not wrong. He does a lot for this team on the field and does a lot for the community off the field. I give him credit for wanting to run for mayor of Rapid City, and as long as it doesn't get in the way of his on the field play, I think he will do a nice job for the city.

Next week, Long Beach comes to town and while they are a team on the ropes, they still have a lot of play makers so we won't be taking them lightly. We will be playing them just like we play every team and we will look to create some more separation between us and the teams below us in the division.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 22, 2016, 09:56:50 PM
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Are you officially endorsing the candidacy of James Turpin for Mayor?       
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 22, 2016, 10:15:26 PM
James Turpin has been a big part of our defense and this team since day one and if he wishes to run for mayor, he has my full support. He does a lot for the communities he's apart of already, and this would be another chance for him to do good for the city.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 22, 2016, 10:38:06 PM
 
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With Tashaun Pate going down to injury this week, do you think your chances have increased that your team can pass Oakland and win the division title?       
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 22, 2016, 10:43:32 PM
It always sucks when players go down with injuries and as a GM it's never fun to see. But yes, I do believe our chances have increased. I won't say it's a guarantee, but without their #1 quarterback, our hopes of getting that division title become a brighter for sure.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 11:00:42 AM
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Talk about a close call, I don't care what anyone says, Vegas is a lot better than that 0-5 record would suggest.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 11:21:04 AM
They definitely are, they just seem unlucky. I figured it would be a close game but man, that one was a nail biter at the end. Glad we were able to pull it out though, and that's got to be a big confidence boost to our team, beating a team as talented as the Scorpions, regardless of their record.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 11:46:41 AM
 
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Absolutely, our players know how good Vegas is and they are pumped after that win.  I've got nothing pressing this week, I think we can handle Mackey and the Mermen, we are strong against the run this year.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 11:54:45 AM
Great to hear. And we have been great against the run which is good to see this year. Mackey will be a true test, but I think that we can handle him and the Mermen as well. I think what we've got going right now is working so there's no need to really change up schemes or what not.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 12:29:06 PM
 
 
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I agree.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 12:41:00 PM
Awesome. I will let you get to things this week. If anything pressing comes to mind I will speak with you then.

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Ashley, can you send up Coach Perryman for me please?

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Coach, how are you doing? I know it's only been 5 weeks, but I was wondering how you were finding things going with Dak.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 12:47:47 PM
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Well, I just don't see a professional QB when I watch him practice.  He doesn't have the work ethic I would like to see in a true starter, and right now he's a ways off from being a truly consistent back up QB... I'm disappointed in what I see.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 01:07:53 PM
I was afraid of that. I was hoping he could at least be a suitable back up QB for us. All I can ask is keep working with Dak and we will see how things go as the season progresses, then we will go from there. Who knows what will happen.

Thanks for letting me know, coach. I'll let you get back to practice.

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James Turpin please.

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James, hell of a game against the Scorpions. You've been a big part of this team since day one, both on and off the field. I know you mentioned that you wanted to run for mayor and if that's what you want to do, I just wanted to let you know personally that you have my full support in that endeavor.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 01:47:14 PM
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That is wonderful to hear Mr. Gates.  You have always done right by the players here in this great city of Rapids, and I must say that it is an honor to have you on Team Turpin.  Now, would you and the franchise be willing to make a gracious contribution to my campaign?
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 02:16:04 PM
I always try and do right by the players, and as long as things don't take away from your great start to the season, I would gladly make a contribution to your campaign. How much are we talking about?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 02:32:19 PM
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That is the beauty of a campaign contribution, the choice of amount is yours!  I' gladly accept anything, from 250K up to 100MM! HAHA!

...Trust me, my play will not be effected.  The election season really kicks up after the Impact Bowl, so I'll be focused on football until the end of the season, then I'll spend the offseason campaigning.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 02:48:10 PM
Excellent to hear becausewith you, Webb and DeMarcus, we've got three great linebackers making tackles all over the field. You can expect a donation in writing by the end of the week, James.

Keep up the great work all around.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 03:43:05 PM
 
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Wonderful news, thank you Mr. Gates.  Together we will be sure to revitalize this great city and bring awareness to how amazing this franchise is, not only for Rapid City, but for Football!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 03:59:38 PM
Fantastic. I will let you get back to practice. Keep up the good work, James.

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Coach, fantastic job with the defense again this week. Keeping Michael May from throwing a touchdown and really, keeping them out of the endzone for most of the game. Even if they aren't the same team as last year, that is still a great job by all involved.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 23, 2016, 04:04:55 PM
 
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The boys came to play this week, holding that squad to 10 points was huge.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 04:14:44 PM
It was huge. We matched them shot for shot on defense and managed to hold on to the win. I loved what I saw out there this week all around on defense. Our rushing defense has been pretty good all season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 23, 2016, 11:20:36 PM
Speaking of our front defense, I wanted to get your thoughts on our defensive ends Wesley Garrett and Mario Cavanaugh. I've heard a few things, but just wanted to get your opinion on both men. Are they players you feel would do well here next season or should we look to make other arrangements.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 12:32:46 AM
 
 
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Mario is a guy who can transition to a 3-4 Outside Linebacker for us as a pass rushing OLB, but Garrett... I'm not particularly attached to him.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 12:52:20 AM
Thanks for that insight coach, it's in line with what I was thinking and who knows, maybe we can get a better fit in here in his place. Did you have any other thoughts about the defense? Or even about what positions we should focus on scouting to find some talent?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 12:56:01 AM

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If we are going to commit to a 3-4, our defensive line needs to be very large and more focused on strength and tackling.  They are only their to stop the run and open lanes for our outside linebackers, who can either be large linebackers with speed and agility, or lighter-weight defensive ends we move to outside linebacker.

...Just food for thought on how the forms would be.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 01:04:31 AM
I will definitely keep that in mind going forward coach, thanks. Anything else you want to discuss?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 01:07:50 AM
 
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Nope, I'm good boss.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 01:18:31 AM
Before I let you go, one last thing for you. What's your take on Charles Arnold?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 01:30:32 AM
 
 
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He works hard and loves to compete, but he hasn't done much for us yet... and last year he missed 74 tackles..
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 01:33:39 AM
That he did, that he did. Alright coach, thanks again. I will let you get back to practice, and get those guys ready to stuff Mackey back.

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Ashley, can you send up Jose Pruitt for me please?

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Jose, fantastic work so far this season. I'm loving the way you're moving the ball down the field and putting us in positions to succeed. How are you finding things so far this season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 11:07:07 AM
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I've never felt better boss, I'm really feeling good about this season..
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 06:09:25 PM
As do i, Jose. And with the way youve been playing the skys the limit. I wont keep you much more, i will let you get back to practice to get ready for this weeks game. Keep up the great work.

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Mario Cavanaugh please.

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Mario how are you doing? I know you probably havent had the season you were hoping for so far but there are still many games to be played. How are you feeling so far?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 07:49:09 PM
 
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It's been a rough season, but I'm looking forward to having a better second quarter than I did with the first.
       
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 08:40:37 PM
I know you are capable of doing just that, Mario. I look forward to seeing you wreck havoc on the opposition. Thanks for stopping by, I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, I know he wasn't here too long ago, but if Coach Barbour is free could you put me through to him?

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Coach, sorry to disturb you again, I won't be long. I just wanted to give you the heads up that we've made a trade on the defensive side of things, acquiring Alonso Lightner and Clayton Salmon. I know they aren't the solutions to what we've been talking about, but I think they will give us a step up on Garrett and Arnold going forward. At least that was my thinking with the move.

I just wanted to give you the heads up and let you know what was going on.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 08:45:52 PM
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Big upgrades at both positions, I'm excited to get these guys in our system! Great stuff boss!
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 09:02:45 PM
I'm excited too. As much as it helped us at the start, always hated to see Lightner go originally, so I'm glad to be able to get him back. And Salmon is a big body up front for us, a big upgrade for us there.

Hopefully Bittner doesn't mind being shuffled down to 3rd on the CB depth chart, but I think in the long run it will help everyone involved.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 09:28:52 PM
 
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Just gotta hope Lightner is happy to be back.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 09:38:14 PM
True. For now, though, let's focus on the positives of having two more great talents on the squad. If I get some time I will speak to him before this weeks game. I will let you head back to practice. Thanks for stopping by.

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Ashley, random question for you. There's no worry of us getting into any conflict of interest or anything if we donate money from our PR to Mr. Turpins campaign, right? I don't think there will be, but I'd rather ask the question now then to have to deal with any backlash later.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 09:57:59 PM
 
 
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No sir, there is no conflict of interest.
       
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 24, 2016, 11:32:06 PM
Thanks Ashley. If our new players are here, could you send Alonso Lightner up to see me. Thank you.

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I won't take up too much of your time, Alonso, I just wanted to take a moment and welcome you back. I didn't want to trade you before and I am very glad to have had this chance to bring you back. I know you've bounced around a bit, but I'm hoping this can be your final landing spot, playing alongside Brown and Bittner while under the tutelage of Coach Barbour. We're a team on the rise, and we are looking at you to be a big part of that this year and, hopefully, in the future. But that's a conversation for another time. For now, welcome! I look forward to watching you terrorize opposing receivers.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 24, 2016, 11:51:48 PM
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I don't need the sales pitch man, I bought in and signed with the team before, remember?  ...and what do you mean you didn't want to trade me?  Did someone force it on you?
       
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 25, 2016, 12:31:13 AM
No, no one forced me to make the trade, that was a poor choice of words on my part. I just regretted trading you away, and I am glad that I could strike a deal to bring you back. You're a hell of a talent and I'm glad to have you back as a member of the Inferno going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 25, 2016, 12:34:36 AM
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I got you. Okay man.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 25, 2016, 12:56:32 AM
I will let you get to practice, Alonso. Thanks for coming by to see me. Glad to have you back on board.

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Clayton Salmon please.

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Clayton, welcome to Rapid City. I've liked what I've seen of your game and am looking forward to seeing it play out here. I think you will fit in well here. Glad to have you onboard.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 25, 2016, 01:35:41 AM
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Yeah man, happy to be with a winner.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 25, 2016, 11:03:01 AM
And we're happy to have you. I'll let you get to practice so you can get accustomed with things here. Thanks for stopping by.

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Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, as I'm sure you've heard, we made a trade to improve our talent on the defensive side of the ball. It's an upgrade, and I think it gives us a shot in the arm going forward. Other then that, I'm not changing much of anything from last week. We played well against the Scorpions on all sides of the ball, so I see no reason to mess with that.

Here's the information.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes:
-Blitz Ratio at 25%
-Clayton Salmon to DE2
-Alonso Lightner to CB1, Luis Brown to CB2, Abraham Bittner to CB3, Alfonzo McCormick to CB4
-Everything else Coaches Decisions

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 31, 2016, 05:44:49 PM
S7 WEEK 6 RESULTS

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR GAME THIS WEEK.  THEY HOPE TO HEAR YOU TOUCH ON WHAT HAS WORKED THIS SEASON  AND WHAT HAS NOT WORKED.   THEY ALSO HOPE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR TEAMS STANDING WITHIN THE DIVISION CURRENTLY, AND WHAT WEEK 7 WILL BRING FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 31, 2016, 11:36:32 PM
Now that is what we call a full team effort. When you can get touchdowns from five different players and spread the ball around as much as we did, that has the makings for a successful game. And that's just what we did on offense. Our defense was spectacular, as it has been all season, holding Mackey and the Mermen to 10 points. They've been great for us this season and have really stepped it up on the run defense from last year. Loved what I saw out there.

It took us a bit to get going, but now that we have, it's time for us to keep charging towards the top. We've righted some early missteps and are well on the way to challenging for that division crown. If we keep up our scorched earth offense with some great defensive play, Oakland and Lincoln will be looking up at us. But this is one of if not the most competitive division, and I expect nothing but fight from those two teams. I think we sit in a good spot right now.

Next up is New Jersey, who are always a tough team. Even when you thought coming into the season that they wouldn't be the same, they are still a tough team. So we have our work cut out for us, but I know that our players and our coaches will be ready to take on the Dragons and they will be ready for anything and everything. This is a game that I am looking forward to, and a game that will steal the weekend.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 01, 2016, 10:39:31 AM
 
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Is this an Impact Bowl preview game in your eyes?       
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 01, 2016, 10:49:44 AM
It very well could be. New Jersey is one of the best in the East and with the way our team has been playing, you can't count us out from anything. We have the offense to compete with the best and play against some great defenses, and we have the defense to hold good offenses at bay. This could very well be a preview of things to come.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 01, 2016, 10:54:52 AM
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Jeremy Martin has yet to have a run of over 16 yards... last year he had 8 40+ yarders, are you concerned with his drop off in big play ability, and his 1.2 yard per carry drop? 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 01, 2016, 11:02:15 AM
I'm not concerned with it. He might not have those 40+ runs that he did last year, but he's still making all of his carries count, regardless of how long they are. Besides, there are still a lot of games to be played, so there is still plenty of time for him to rush for those big plays, especially as we get closer to the end of the season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 01, 2016, 11:16:37 AM
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What a huge game this week... It's amazing how good New Jersey is.

First in points and points allowed.  First in yards and yards allowed. First in rushing and rushing allowed. 6th in passing and 3rd in passing allowed.

That's just legendary.

...but we can beat them, we can show that they will bleed... We will bring down the Dragons.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 01, 2016, 11:24:47 AM
They have an amazing team going over there right now, but it's not a team that is unbeatable. We have shown over the past few weeks that our team has come together, and we've done so at the right time.

We will show that they are mortal and that they are beatable. We will burn them to the ground.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 01, 2016, 11:28:20 AM
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You fight fire with fire, and that's what this week will be.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 01, 2016, 11:31:44 AM
Definitely will coach.

Before we get to the game, there were a few things I wanted to discuss with you.

First off, kick returning. I noticed Jeremy Martin was involved in that this week, which is on me because I didn't set a replacement after moving Arnold. I guess my question is, coach, are you good with that or would you rather see Martin not returning kicks or punts, and instead we slide someone like McCormick into that spot so that Martin doesn't get injured unnecessarily.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 01, 2016, 11:36:00 AM
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I think Van Driver and McCormick are the smarter options to protect our RB investment.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 01, 2016, 11:53:15 AM
Agreed. I will make those changes accordingly.

The other bit I wanted to touch on was quarterback.

I think it's fair to say that even after 6 weeks, the experiment with Dak is probably not going to bring anything worthwhile at quarterback. With us having had two blow out wins recently, I worry that if we have any more games like that, and Pruitt plays the whole thing that we could end up hurting ourselves.

My thought was to add a quarterback to maybe be a more reliable garbage time option then Dak. Someone that we can throw into a game and not worry that we are going to end up losing even when we're up by 30. We have Paulsen on our practice squad that we could always give a look in that spot. We'd have to clear a roster spot for him, but I think we can do that easily enough by, unfortunately, letting someone go.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 01, 2016, 02:04:09 PM
 
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That makes sense, I think you're in the right place here.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 01, 2016, 06:39:21 PM
I think so too. I'd hate to stick with what we have and Pruitt overplays himself down the stretch.

The question now is who to cut, with the two likely candidates being Dak himself or Sean Peterson. Peterson would be less of a financial hit to us, only hurting us this season, where Dak we can always cut ties with him in the off season.

So as long as Peterson isn't in the plans for you and the coaching staff, he's likely the guy to go.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 01, 2016, 09:38:07 PM
 
 
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Peterson is expendable.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 01, 2016, 11:10:12 PM
Gotcha.

Other then that coach, I don't have too much to go over this week. I don't think we need to change anything up this week for New Jersey. It's going to be tough but with the way you've had the guys playing, we're coming in strong on both sides of the ball. Loved how we played against Long Beach, really spread the ball around and with Pruitt playing as strong as he is, there's no need to change anything up in my mind. Like you said, we're going to fight fire with fire.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 02, 2016, 03:39:25 PM
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We're going to give them our best shot and look to stake our claim.  We'll be ready.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 02, 2016, 04:10:05 PM
Awesome, coach. Anything else you want to discuss before I let you get to practice
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 02, 2016, 04:13:29 PM
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No, we'll be ready.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 02, 2016, 04:28:33 PM
Thanks coach. I will let you get to practice.

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Ashley can you send Patrick McCarthy in please?

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Patrick, how's it going? You've had the offense doing a great job this season and I'm loving what I've been seeing out there. Love how we're spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved, keeping the other teams on their toes.

The reason I brought you in is because I'm looking to add a third QB to the team, a better back up option then Dak currently is. How do you feel about Christopher Paulsen from our practice squad? Do you think he can fill that spot for us?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 02, 2016, 05:52:59 PM
 
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Well, he was pretty awful for Music City last year but then again the only really "decent" guy available is Kyle Aquino.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 02, 2016, 06:41:19 PM
He wasn't great, but he's got to be better then what Dak might give us.

I just look to those 30+ point wins and figure if we had a half-decent option backing us up, Pruitt wouldn't have to risk unnecessary injury. Perhaps looking into signing Aquino might be worth it, so that we have someone who can handle themselves in a game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 02, 2016, 06:47:37 PM
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Okay.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 04, 2016, 12:13:12 AM
Okay. I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you send Sean Peterson up to see me, please?

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Sean, this isn't going to be an easy conversation to have, but I wanted you to hear it from me and not be blind sided by it. Unfortunately, we are going to be releasing you from your contract. It's not easy to hear, but I'm hopeful that this move works out for both of us. This allows you to potentially find a team to play for down the stretch that can offer you more playing time, something that we haven't been able to do. I know that doesn't make it any better, but I felt like I should be the one to tell you, man to man. I want to thank you for your contributions to the team this season, and I wish you nothing but the best going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 04, 2016, 04:12:52 PM
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Until this season, I had started every single game in the history of the HIFL's regular season.

...I have played in the playoffs every season of this league's history.

3 time player of the week.

3 time pro bowler.

3 time HIFL Impact Bowl Champion.

Top 10 in career tackles.

Top 10 in Forced Fumbles...

...and this is how it ends.

...man it's emotional for me.  Thank you for letting me know face to face.


...good luck.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 05, 2016, 01:29:22 AM
That's exactly why I wanted to tell you face to face. You've done a lot in your career, and you deserved to be told man to man. Like I said, I wish you the best and wish you luck finding another job and getting one last crack. Take care, Sean.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Deion Hester please?

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Deion, how's it going today? Just wanted to get in touch with you because we're looking for a back up quarterback and we are interested in Kyle Aquino for that role. I can't guarantee him a lot of playing time, he may get some here and there but nothing is for sure. We have our starter and that is not going to change, but Kyle would be veteran insurance behind him. I just want to be up front with you about that.

With that said, would this be a role that Kyle would be interested in filling for the remainder of the season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 05, 2016, 09:15:20 AM
 
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We would come back up Jose Pruitt, for $3MM
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 05, 2016, 02:18:38 PM
I figured the price would be where we differed. Unfortunately, I can't offer Kyle anywhere near that much, so I'm going to have to pass. However I will keep Kyle in mind if anything changes in the future. Thanks for taking the time to speak, Deion.

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Coach Perryman please.

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Hello coach, quick question. After we spoke last I started thinking about trying to improve our backup QB spot so I wanted to pick your brain. I don't know how much you've worked with him, but what are your thoughts on Christopher Paulsen of our practice squad. Do you think he has the ability to be that usable back up that can take a few reps here and there? Or is he in the same boat as Dak as far as ability goes?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 05, 2016, 02:26:45 PM
 
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Different skill set, but the same boat.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 05, 2016, 04:39:04 PM
I was afraid of that. Might have to roll with him and Dak being our back ups and hope we never have to go to one of them for an extended period of time. Everyone else available is either out of our price range or not much better then what we've currently got.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 06, 2016, 08:47:23 AM
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Yeah, good back ups are hard to find.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 06, 2016, 04:11:41 PM
Something to look for in the off season. Thanks for your time, Coach. I'm calling Paulsen up and who knows, maybe a little competition will start between him and Dak. Not that it matters with the way Pruitt's been playing. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you send up coach Bernard McCarthy please?

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Alright coach, not much to change from last week, aside from what we discussed. I called up Paulsen to maybe add something there, but otherwise nothing to change. I know you and the boys will be ready to take on the Dragons, so lets go out there and burn them, Scorched Earth style.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:
-Blitz Ratio to remain at 25%
-QB2 Christopher Paulsen, QB3 Dak Prescott
-KR1 James Van Driver, KR2 Alfonzo McCormick
-PR1 James Van Driver, PR2 Alfonzo McCormick
-Everything else coach's decision

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 19, 2016, 10:07:48 PM
S7 WEEK 7 RESULTS

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THE MEDIA WAITS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR GAME THIS WEEK AND YOUR UPCOMING GAME, AS WELL AS THE RACE IN YOUR DIVISION.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 19, 2016, 10:48:14 PM
Well we didn't win the game, but I have got to say, we sure took the undefeated Dragons to the limit this week and kept the game close right down to the end. That kick gets missed and we're looking at overtime and a chance to win the game there. The team played one hell of a game on both sides of the ball, with some great defense and great offense all over the field. And once again Jose Pruitt put together a fantastic game, moving the ball down the field and hitting targets all over. It might not be a win, but it shows just how good this team is and how good we will be for the rest of the season.

We currently sit second in the division but it's going to be a tight race straight through. This division is always competitive, so to see Lincoln on our heels and Oakland ahead of us is no surprise. The division is still ours for the taking.

This week we head to Pearl Harbor to face a rejuvenated Predators team. We can't take these men lightly, and I know that our coaches will have our game plan prepared to face their defensive schemes and offensive output. That's how it has been all game, and I don't see this as being any different. It will be a tough game, but a game I know we can win. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 20, 2016, 10:32:52 AM
 
 
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After tying the game with 26 seconds to play, your special teams allowed Breaux to return the kick off 79 yards, setting up the game winning field goal just seconds later...  How do you keep your team thinking positive after that type of a let down?       
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 20, 2016, 10:53:36 AM
There are a lot of positives to take from that game, even if it didn't end the way we'd like it to. The Dragons are a team at the top of the pile and we stayed with them shot for shot, toe to toe until the end. The Breaux return, sure it wasn't ideal but I don't think it was a let down. If anything, we will use that return to keep the guys motivated to not let something like that happen again. But overall there are more positives then negatives to take from this game, and that will keep these guys hungry as we continue into the season and continue towards the top of the division.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 20, 2016, 01:06:52 PM
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Tough way to lose that one, we were all pretty sure it was headed to overtime..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 20, 2016, 04:37:25 PM
So did I coach. On the plus side, there are still a lot of positives to pull from that game. We hung tough with the Dragons all game and outplayed them in some aspects. I don't know about you, but that gives me a ton of confidence that we can take this division.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 21, 2016, 12:16:58 AM
 
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You're right, we proved we could hang with the undefeated beasts of the East.  Our team knows what we are capable of, we just fell short this time.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 21, 2016, 08:09:01 AM
That is true.

As for Pearl Harbor, I think this is a game we can win. The only spot New Jersey really beat us was in rushing yards, and as long as we can hold the Predators at bay in that department we should have a great chance to come away with the win here. Any thing else that stands out to you coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 21, 2016, 11:41:21 AM
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Well, they look like they are getting Bismack Embiid back, he's definitely one we need to keep contained if Pruitt is going to get time to throw, but they are also 2nd in the league in rushing... so we need to buckle down.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 21, 2016, 02:01:53 PM
Yeah the rush yards we gave up to the Dragons were the big thing for me. I dont know if theres anything we can really do to help lessen that blow this week or if we just have to buckle down and hope we can hold them off. Do you have any suggestions? I know in the past weve upped our blitz to try and combag it but i dont know if that would help here.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 21, 2016, 02:35:32 PM
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It is dangerous to blitz Pearl Harbor, they have experience at QB and WR, and if they can get quick releases out to McReynolds, we could get burned that way too... but it could be a risk worth taking.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 21, 2016, 06:39:37 PM
It's a tough call. Smoak is a talented QB and he could do some damage. I will have to think on the possibilities - we do have some great corners that might be able to limit his damage through the air.

Other then that though coach do you have anything else you think we should discuss regarding the team?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 21, 2016, 07:36:12 PM
 
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Nothing springs to mind.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 21, 2016, 09:08:02 PM
Alright coach. I will let you get back to practice to get the boys ready for the Predators.

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Coach Barbour please.

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How's it going coach? The defense has been playing well and with the Predators coming up, I wanted to ask you what we could do to try and stop their rushing attack a bit. Keep them from running wild. Do you think there is something we could do in this weeks game that could effectively slow their rush down?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 21, 2016, 09:26:37 PM
 
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Well, not really much we can do other than get our guys focused and hope they finish their tackles..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 21, 2016, 11:31:59 PM
That's true. I thought about upping the pressure but that might work against us. Making sure the guys are ready and make their tackles is probably the best option.

Was there anything in the game against New Jersey that stood out to you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 21, 2016, 11:33:54 PM
 
 
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They are damn good.   Trevor Jose is in rare form.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 21, 2016, 11:37:30 PM
They are and he is. I loved how the guys were able to keep his damage at a minimum. We stepped toe to toe with them and I feel we can do the same against Smoak.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 21, 2016, 11:51:28 PM
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I believe we can do it.  Hopefully we can start getting some more turnovers too.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 23, 2016, 11:11:17 PM
I think the turnovers will come. Alright coach, I'll let you get back to practice to get the boys ready for Pearl Harbor.

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Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, we're going to up the blitz, if only to give the Predators a different look then what we have been doing lately. Maybe we can stop the run before it gets out on us. Other then that, hopefully the guys can finish their tackles and we don't end up on the receiving end of Smoak's arm. We should stand a good chance at beating them, so let's go out there and climb into the division lead.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-Blitz Ratio change to 35%
-Everything else coach's decision

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 05, 2016, 05:27:11 PM
S7 WEEK 8 RESULTS

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1. What happened this week: what did your team do right, what did they do wrong?

2. Grade your Coaches, your offense, and your defense up to this point in the season...

3. Grade yourself and the job you've done through 8 games this year...

4. Who do you believe is the current front runner for the league's MVP award after 8 games, and who would you consider your team's MVP?

5. With 8 Games left in the regular season, what is your main focus going forward?

6. What do you have to do to prepare for this week's game?

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 05, 2016, 11:41:55 PM
1. What happened this week: what did your team do right, what did they do wrong?

I've said it before and I will say it again, Andrew Hernandez is a fantastic kicker. At the end of a game that saw us move the ball down field with consistency, a game that saw a close battle between two teams, Hernandez made that win or lose kick to give us the victory. That's not to take anything away from the rest of the team. Pruitt once again moved the ball downfield and once again put on a great performance. The ball was spread around and everyone was involved on offense. On defense, we held tough against a team that is known for their rushing attack. We gave up a few more yards then I would have liked, but we still held tough against the pass. It's one thing to give up 186 yards rushing, but when you do it while only giving up 85 through the air, it's pointing in the right direction. Our defense did great and kept us in that game until the very end.

2. Grade your Coaches, your offense, and your defense up to this point in the season...

Ever since last season I knew this coaching staff had what it took to get the job done and they are proving me right. In games that many people write us off, they make sure the team is ready and we either win or make it damn close. They work so well as a unit that it allows for our team as a whole to flourish. Our offense and defense have both been steady and have both contributed to our success so far this season and a lot of that goes back to the preparations the coaching staff have done.

3. Grade yourself and the job you've done through 8 games this year...

I think I've done an admirable job so far this season. I've made sure to keep us burning in the right direction, while making the tweaks I need to make here and there to make sure that happens. I made a trade to bring in some pieces that are helping out very nicely, and while I know there is always room for improvement, I think I've done a pretty good job to this point. But the real test is to come.

4. Who do you believe is the current front runner for the league's MVP award after 8 games, and who would you consider your team's MVP?

I'd probably have to say that Trevor Jose is the frontrunner. He's on pace to break so many records that it's a bit crazy but when you're on that kind of roll, that's what happens. For me it's either him or Larry Stevens. As for our own team, while Hernandez has been fantastic, I have to say that Jose Pruitt is our MVP. With the way he's been moving the ball and keeping us in games, it's been fantastic. And not only through the air, he's been doing it all with his legs as well which is also great to see. He's a dual threat QB and he's making it so that all of our weapons are being utilized in the proper situations.

5. With 8 Games left in the regular season, what is your main focus going forward?

Our focus is to continue what we've been doing and strive for the playoffs and the division. We are capable of making both of them and this entire franchise knows it.

6. What do you have to do to prepare for this week's game?

We take on a tough Tombstone team who is never one we can take lightly. They've still got the ability to break out and put up a big number so we've got to prepare for that as well as prepare for their defense. But it's like I said above, our coaching staff will make sure that everyone is ready to go and we will be prepared for everything the Outlaws throw at us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 11:15:40 AM
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GM Gates, you're doing a Gr-eat Job!  We wanted to make the playoffs and compete for the division title, and that is exactly what we are doing right now!  One game out of first place, and first place in the Wildcard, oh my oh my, what a start!

Lets stay the course and keep up the good work!
       
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 12:03:35 PM
Thank you, Mr. Burns. We're aiming for the top of the division and things are looking good.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 12:19:12 PM
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I know you were "watching" the game, but man, that last series was amazing...

With 2:41 to play we get the ball and start at our own 24.  Martin runs for 7, then for 3 to get us another first down and we hit the 2 Minute warning.  Then Jose hits Ashworth for 10 yards and we call time out.  After than Jose moves in the pocket and hits Dickey on a deep 25 yard pass, we call another time out... Then Jose hits Ashworth again for a 7 yard gain and we call our last time out with 3 seconds on the clock...

The rest is history as Hernandez hits the game winner... but man oh man, we were efficient on the last drive.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 12:32:27 PM
It was a hell of a last series. Between the way Pruitt was moving the ball to the whole offense working together, and the kick...everything lined up well for us on that last drive. Hats off to you and the staff for that entire game. You had the boys ready to play and they did what we've known for them to do, play until the final whistle.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 01:14:11 PM
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We're playing with a lot of confidence right now.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 02:32:57 PM
We definitely are, coach. With that said, I don't see much need to change up anything from this past week. We face a tough test in Tombstone, but with the way we've been playing I think we can top the Outlaws.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 02:35:21 PM
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I agree, we need this win, it's a big tie-breaker type game in the West when it comes to playoff seeding as well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 02:44:35 PM
That's definitely true. Every win is important, especially when trying to chase down the Silverbacks.

Now that we're halfway through the season, is there anything you've seen in the first half that you want to talk about? Could be something that has caught your eye, something you're worried about, that kind of stuff. I want to make sure we're in the best position going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 02:46:44 PM
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Really the main concern is that Jeremy isn't as explosive as last year, but I'm hoping it's just a sophomore slump.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 03:18:24 PM
I had been wondering and hoping the same thing. Hopefully it's nothing more then a slump. And who knows, maybe he will turn a corner in the second half and then we'd be even more potent on the offensive side of things.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 03:21:24 PM
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I hope so.  I don't think anyone expected him to go 8 games without a 20 yard or more run.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 03:24:25 PM
I know I didn't.

I might have a word with him, see if there's anything we can do to help him out. You never know.

Anything else coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 03:38:53 PM
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No sir, I'm good.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 04:57:57 PM
Alright coach, I'll let you get to practice. Big game this week, but with the way these guys have been playing the past 3 weeks and then some, I know you and the rest of the staff will have them ready to go.

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Let's speak with Jeremy Martin, please.

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J-Mart how's it going? Nice work with those late rushes last week. Definitely helped us pick up that win. How are you feeling about the season so far?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 05:36:21 PM
 
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I'm glad the team is doing well, but I wish I was doing more, I've just not felt like myself all year really..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 06, 2016, 06:33:49 PM
Even if you're not feeling like your usual self, you're still going out there each week and grinding it out, doing what you can to help the team win which is fantastic to see and I'm sure your team mates love seeing that as well. You've helped us in quite a few games this year, Jeremy, so don't sell yourself short. As for not feeling like yourself, any reason you can think of for it? Anything I might be able to help?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 06, 2016, 06:41:31 PM
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My knee and ankle have just felt kind of weird all year... just not right.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 07, 2016, 11:20:36 AM
I can definitely see how that would make someone feel not like themselves.

You know your body best, do you feel like this weird feeling in your knee and ankle is something serious, something we need to sit you out of a few games or is it something you think we might be able to monitor, and check up on after the playoffs, see if there's something to this feeling.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 07, 2016, 01:42:36 PM
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it's been nagging since last year honestly, so I don't think I need to sit, but I should probably get checked out in the off-season.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 07, 2016, 07:09:40 PM
Sounds like a plan. And like i said, you might not feel like yourself but you have been helping this team win. So dont worry about it, go out there and keep doing you.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 07, 2016, 07:12:59 PM
 
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right on man, thanks.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 09, 2016, 09:36:06 PM
Take care, Jeremy. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Andrew Hernandez please.

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Andrew, you're doing a great job out there this season and that kick at the end of the game, fantastic. I just wanted to say so face to face.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 09, 2016, 10:02:39 PM
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Thank you boss, feels good to help us get wins when I can
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 12, 2016, 12:52:24 AM
You're doing a great job, Andrew. Keep it up. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Coach, I will be quick. As I'm getting things ready for the week, I figure we should probably slide one of our DT's over to play DE2 this week. Which is the better choice, Pierce or Hinds? Or do we leave it as Nesmith and roll with it.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 12, 2016, 11:51:01 AM
 
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Hinds hasn't made a tackle all season, I'd leave Nesmith at DE for right now.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 12, 2016, 04:35:55 PM
Alright i will leave it as is and let you work with it in the game.

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Ashley can you get me in touch with Philip Sanderson?

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Philip, how are you doing? I just wanted to welcome you to Rapid City. I cant wait to see you on our side of the field for a change.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 12, 2016, 04:38:05 PM
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Thanks Mr. Gates.  I learned a lot this year in Atlanta, and hopefully now I can translate that knowledge to helping this team win the division, and eventually the Impact Bowl.  ...I can't wait to get started.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 12, 2016, 04:50:11 PM
I cant wait for you to get started either. I wont keep you any longer. I will let you get to practice.

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Ashley do we need to file any paperwork in regards to Mr. Sandersons suspension? Or is he cleared and ready to roll?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 12, 2016, 04:57:23 PM
 
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No sir, the trade put him on our active roster.
       
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 12, 2016, 09:16:58 PM
Thanks Ashley, just wanted to make sure.

Can you get Coach Bernard McCarthy for me.

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Alright coach, like most games, it's another big game this week. Got some changes up from on defense but I think they could help us out, especially against the run. I've got a rough idea of the defensive line depth chart, but feel free to play with it throughout the game. Now let's go out there and burn a hole in those Outlaws.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-blitz ratio to 30%
-Philip Sanderson to DT1, Joel Pierce to DT2, Bryce Hinds to DT3
-Clayton Salmon to DE1, Bradley Nesmith to DE2
-Everything else (including shuffling of the above positions if need be) coaches decisions

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 12:06:18 AM
S7 WEEK 9 RESULTS

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 10:25:23 AM
Another win in what turned out to be another close game. Each week the team proves that they aren't the type to give up and that they're playing down to the final whistle. The same proved true this week. Pruitt moved the ball down the field, our receivers all got in on the action, and our running game was solid and kept the ball moving on the ground. Our offense is clicking well and it is reflected in the numbers. Our defense has been steadily getting better and better each week, and this week it was punctuated by James Turpin's pick six. This win over the Outlaws while very tough and hard fought was a team win. From offense to defense to our special teams making field goals to keep us moving forward, everyone contributed to the win.

Up next for us is DC and while they are the reigning Impact Bowl champion, I don't see a reason why we can not come away with the win here. Just like Patrick McCarthy said, we have been doing a good job at moving the ball all season, and that is what we're going to do this week against the Cobras. And with the way our own defense has been playing, and with another week for our newest addition to get even more acclimated to the defense, we will be able to take whatever the Cobras are going to throw out way. It's going to be a fantastic game, a tough game, but a game that we can win. I know this team is capable of that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 11:15:45 AM
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The trade for Philip Sanderson, what brought this on, and how did you feel about his debut?       
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 11:26:52 AM
If you want to have a shot at winning the HIFL, sometimes you have to explore all the possibilities to help improve your team. Philip Sanderson was one of those possibilities. When we heard Philip was available, we looked into it. He's a great defensive player and is great against the run, two things that we have been looking for to make our defense that much better. To make it match our offense in terms of talent. As for his debut, it was an impressive one. He came away with two sacks, one of which was pivotal at the end of the game to stop any Outlaw comeback from happening.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 12:36:24 PM
 
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That win was big, but this one would be even bigger... The defending Champions, a week after taking on the defending conference champions.  Lets show the league we're #1.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 12:43:25 PM
That's the game plan, coach. The teams been playing some great football lately, and I don't see a reason why that should stop this week. The guys have been playing never say die football out there, and that's a testament to their character, drive, and to you and the coaching staff.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 12:54:06 PM
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We are all focused on the same goal, that is a key component to this teams success.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 01:05:30 PM
Definitely is.

Any takeaways from this past game you want to talk about? Things you liked, didn't like, that kind of stuff.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 03:56:25 PM
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It looks like our secondary is coming together, forcing those turnovers from Brewster off-set the rough game for Pruitt.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 04:26:53 PM
It was great to see. With the secondary we have, it was only a matter of time before they started pulling in those turnovers. Our entire defense has been getting better and better each week, and the turnovers and six sacks this week proved that.

DC is up next. I know they've got a tough defense but I think our offense will be able to show the entire league that we are #1. It's a well oiled machine right now, coach. Anything we need to be worried about heading into this game?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 04:39:00 PM
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When you're playing against the reigning champions you always have to be a little worried, but the biggest worries would have to be Larry Stevens limiting our yardage after the catch and shortening our run game.  I think our corners match up well against their young receivers, They have a talented trio, but we have the most talented trio of corners in the game.  It should be an exciting battle.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 04:47:15 PM
Admittedly, Stevens was my biggest worry too. He's everywhere on the field and always makes his tackles, so it will be a true test for us to move the ball downfield, but I think we will be able to with all the weapons we have at our disposal. I like our match up against their receivers too - with our corners we should make life tough on them.

I don't see the need to change anything from our last game, do you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 04:49:41 PM
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No.  We've got our optimal line up and strategy at play.  This one is going to come down to our execution.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 05:25:27 PM
With the hunger and drive this team is showing, this is a game we can win.

If there's nothing else coach, I will let you head to practice.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 05:44:26 PM
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See you later boss.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 05:58:52 PM
Take care, coach.

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Coach Barbour please.

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How's it going coach? We didn't get a chance to talk too much last week, so I thought we could take a moment and talk about the defense. They've been playing really well as of late, and that's in large part to you. Anything - good or bad - about the defense you wanted to talk about? Anything that's come to mind for us to think about going forward?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 07:10:25 PM
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Well not really... things don't change too much week to week.  Just comes down to some of the match ups and where are guys are at mentally.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 07:49:13 PM
Ah fair enough. On the plus, they played well against Tombstone which was a big game for us. Between the interceptions and the sacks, it seemed to me like a good game all around.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 08:12:22 PM
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Definitely played well this week.  We got to Brewster, and it got him throwing the ball a little erratic.  Sanderson brings a new edge to the defense though.  I like it.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 08:48:53 PM
So do I. I think his edge helps that pressure that causes the quarterback to throw a few erratic passes. If we keep things the same, I think we can create a similar scene against DC.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 09:35:49 PM
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Most definitely, the DC offensive line on the right side is S-A-W-F-T.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2016, 09:51:25 PM
So I've heard. Do you feel we might benefit from blitzing more? The 30% I set it at before the last game seemed to bring out positive results.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 17, 2016, 10:12:00 PM
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Coach said we are playing at our optimal setting, I'd keep it the same.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 19, 2016, 01:18:25 PM
Then that's what we will do.

Stick around for a moment, coach.

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Alright coaches, we've got another big game coming up this week against the Cobras. I'm not changing anything from last week and, like you said Patrick, if we do what we've been doing we should give the Cobras reason to worry and come away with the win. So let's go out there and keep this momentum going. Let's take one step closer to the division title.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-blitz ratio to 30%
-Philip Sanderson to DT1, Joel Pierce to DT2, Bryce Hinds to DT3
-Clayton Salmon to DE1, Bradley Nesmith to DE2
-Everything else (including shuffling of the above positions if need be) coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 31, 2016, 10:57:41 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 01, 2016, 07:02:09 AM
While the result wasn't one that we were hoping for, the team still played a good game out there against the defending Impact Bowl champions. Sure, winning would have been nice, but we played a hard, fought hard all game and nearly came away with a big win. Offensively we played a decent game, maybe a step down from our usual, but that's in large part to DC's defense then anything else. Defensively we held them in check, held them at bay, and made sure to put pressure on Sullivan whenever we could. Overall I feel like we played a good day, it's just a matter of going up against a tough defense, and then of course that Omar Sasser kick with twelve seconds left. Luckily even though we lost, Oakland lost as well so we are still tied for first in the division. Lincoln is coming up on our heels, but I have faith that we will be able to keep ahead of them and climb ahead of Oakland.

As far as the trade frenzy goes, that's the nature of the beast it seems. Everyone tries to make moves to either better their team or show their team that they are trying to better them. I know for us, we got our trades dealt with prior to the deadline so that we could avoid the frenzy but still better our team where we needed to.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 01, 2016, 11:29:22 AM
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Who needs to step up their game to help you win the division? 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 01, 2016, 01:23:44 PM
You know, I don't think any one person has to step up their game. We've been playing good football for the past few weeks now. We've only lost two games in the past seven weeks, and those two games we lost were close against the Dragons and Cobras. So I think the way we're playing is excellent. Perhaps all that is needed is for the team as a whole to find that spark to drive them even harder then they have been already.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 01, 2016, 02:26:48 PM
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  You're right. We're playing excellent football, we took DC to the limit, they just have a knack for getting Sasser the game winning opportunity. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 01, 2016, 03:33:12 PM
I agree coach. If it werent for Sasser things could have come out differently. I have no issues with hiw we are playing. Our defense looks better and playing well and offensively I've loved the progress Eric Ashworth has been making each week. He gives us another weapon now that he and Pruitt seem comfortable together. And in cases like this week where Ralph is sick, we dont lose everything.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 01, 2016, 03:40:13 PM
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  Agreed, Eric has come along nicely lately, and it's giving us that extra match up advantage we had hoped for when we scouted him.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 01, 2016, 05:28:17 PM
It definitely does, and at a great time. He wasn't as prominent early on, so the second division games could look a whole heck of a lot different.

As far as this week goes, not going to change anything. San Antonio is going to be tough, but I think if we play the way we have been, we should have no problem winning the game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 01, 2016, 05:55:25 PM
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  Agreed.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 02, 2016, 10:07:52 PM
Excellent coach.

Alright, I don't have anything else to take care of this week, nothing to change or work on, so let's get to it. I want everyone to stay focused on the fight for the division. We've got some tough games ahead, but I know that this team has the talent to fire of a few wins in a row to keep us climbing. So let's go out there and beat the Knights in battle.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-blitz ratio to 30%
-Everything else (including shuffling of the above positions if need be) coaches decisions

Lock In.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 27, 2016, 02:06:37 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 27, 2016, 05:41:24 PM
What a game, what a game. That's Scorched Earth football at it's finest right there. Ever since we made the necessary moves to improve our defense, our team has been a well oiled machine on both sides of the ball and this week was evidence of that. We had some great performances from everyone on every side of the ball. Pruitt played a fantastic game once more with our offensive line giving him the protection he needs, Martin carried us downfield early on and Brogan pitched in with some good running. Our ball distribution was even in the air, and on defense, we kept the pressure up and scored a few picks in the end. It was a great game, and another win to our record.

Now we head into the final five weeks in the exact position we want to be at - the drivers seat. First place in the division. We've got games against Oakland, Music City, Long Beach, Atlanta and Lincoln and I think it favors us as far as us remaining in first place. We're a hot team right now. We might have only won one game in a row, but we've been playing some great football and I don't see that stopping now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 28, 2016, 07:18:33 AM
You can potentially put a nail in the Silverbacks' playoff hopes this week with a big win over Oakland, but rumor has it that Tashaun Pate may be brought back to play, how do you plan on attacking this Oakland squad, who has lost three straight games in very close fashion?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 28, 2016, 12:24:10 PM
Whether Pate is back or not we are still going to play them hard and play the same way we have been all season. This teams been playing some fantastic football lately and as long as we keep that up, we should make life difficult for the Silverbacks.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 28, 2016, 06:22:30 PM
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  Big game this week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 28, 2016, 06:25:43 PM
Huge. But then again, coach, every game since like, week 7 has been big. This just has a little more to it. But with the way we are playing, I don't think we will see a repeat of week one.

Also, fantastic game this past week. Really took it to the Knights and showed what we are capable of.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 28, 2016, 06:32:00 PM
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  Gotta win the games you're "supposed to win" and we had to do it big, the boys played well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 28, 2016, 06:41:27 PM
Very true coach, and the boys played well.

I'm planning to leave everything the same from last week, but was there anything that stood out to you from our game against the Knights as things that might be a cause for concern?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 28, 2016, 08:54:20 PM
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  None at all. We limited penalties, we didn't allow a lot of pressure, we dominated.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on June 28, 2016, 09:22:42 PM
We did and I loved it.

Alright coach, I will let you get back to practice, back to getting the boys ready for a tough game against Oakland.

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Eric Ashworth, please.

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Eric, how are you doing? I've loved what I've been seeing from you this season. I know things started out slow, but with each passing week, Jose trusts you more and more and it shows with what happens in games. Great job out there.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on June 29, 2016, 06:38:51 AM
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  Yeah man, glad Im making some plays now, but I'm still looking to get big yards and more scores, this ain't nothing bro.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 01, 2016, 11:15:04 AM
I don't doubt those yards and scores will come, Eric. Especially with how you've been playing. Looking forwarded to seeing it happen. For now, I will let you head back to practice.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Coach, your defense did an excellent job last game holding the Knights at bay. Seemed like no matter how they attacked we were ready for them. Fantastic.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 01, 2016, 12:54:07 PM
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Thank you, I'm proud of how the guys have played.  It's been nice to see them coming together.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 01, 2016, 04:42:27 PM
I'm proud too. They've really come together and played as a team, getting better each week. Looking forward to watching them hold down the pesky Silverbacks this week.

Thanks for coming by coach, I will let you get back to practice.

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Coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, not much to take care of this week, so let's get things cooking for our game against the Silverbacks. It's a big one but I know you and the rest of the staff will have the team ready to knock them down a peg or two. Not going to change anything up from the last few weeks, I think we're playing excellent football right now. So let's go out there and take one step closer to the division crown.

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Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-blitz ratio 30%
-Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 04, 2016, 11:08:44 PM
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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 05, 2016, 07:16:47 AM
Well, that's not how we drew it up. We had that game in our hands and we let it slip away. We couldn't capitalize on the turnovers that ailed the Silverbacks and that was ultimately what ended up hurting us in the end. The team played good overall, it was just those few moments that we let slip away. It was great to see Jeremy Martin have a good game, and it just goes to show that you can't sleep on him. The moment you do, he will burn you for a few touchdowns. Our defense did what they could to hold Oakland at bay, and played some great football throughout the game. We didn't get blown out in this loss, and with four games left, there is still a lot of football to play.

Losing Pruitt late in the game is tough as he has been having a hell of a season for us under center. We will monitor things throughout the week as to whether he is ready to play. If not, I don't think we are as bad off as people might make it seem. With our weapons and our system I believe that we can still be a highly competitive team with our back up quarterback starting. It won't be easy going up against the Music City Kings this week, but I know that this team will be ready to come out firing. I mean, at least we don't have two of our players shoving each other to the ground like in New Jersey. They might be undefeated, but eventually that Cotter/Hagan combo was going to be trouble. Was only a matter of time.

So we are going to prepare ourselves for all possibilities and go into our game against Music City fighting tough for the victory. We've got to keep pace with the rest of our tough division.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 05, 2016, 08:15:50 AM
"Paulsen or Prescott, who will start if Jose can't go?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 05, 2016, 12:19:59 PM
The coaching staff and i will discuss that and will come to a decision on who will start. Paulsen might have the edge given the fact that hes been the one to come in late in the past two games.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 05, 2016, 12:41:50 PM
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  This is NOT the time to lose our quarterback... We need to get as many wins as we can to insure the playoffs.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 05, 2016, 12:43:27 PM
Tell me about it coach. Worst time for Jose to go down. The one positive is theres a chance he is able to play and its not a season ending injury.

I guess we should start with the obvious. If Jose cant go, is Paulsen the guy?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 05, 2016, 12:54:03 PM
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  I guess, Dak has the potential for big plays, but he also has the greatest risk of disaster.  Paulsen is a low end game manager, but he too can throw some picks... so I guess it comes to risk vs. reward boss.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 05, 2016, 03:10:58 PM
I might lean towards Paulsens lower risk just because he has experience in the league. Im going to ask the other coaches see what their thoughts are.

Outside of that any thoughts on our upcoming game? Id ask about our game against Oakland but i think we both know if Pruitt doesnt go down we win that game. Against Music City, do we up our run game? Even with Pruitt back might be a good idea to take some of the load off him.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 06, 2016, 07:44:36 AM
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  Its hard to say, Music City would be a dominant team if they didnt turn the ball over so much.  They are #2 in yards allowed, #3 vs the run, and #2 vs. the pass with that tough defense, they just give up a lot of points when Carmazzi throws INTs..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 10:11:18 AM
They do have a good defense so i guess leaving pur game plan the same might be the best. Doesnt seem like we gain too much more by upping our run..i guess we will just have to hope for some turnovers.

I know we are sitting at 30% do you think if we up the blitz it might cause Carmazzi to make more poor throws? Or is that asking too much of our defense?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 06, 2016, 10:50:32 AM
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  Honestly, with our corners, I think he's in for a rough day anyways, more bodies in his throwing space will lead to plenty of turnover opportunities I believe.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 12:25:06 PM
I have faith that our corners will give him nightmares. Im thinking i will up the blitz a bit just to get that extra pressure and more bodies in his way.

Is there anything else you wanted to talk about in regards to the team, coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
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  Nope, the coaching staff is good to go.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 05:35:58 PM
Alright coach. I will let you get back to practice. Just have a few things to do before we finalize things for the game.

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Can I speak to Coach Perryman please?

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Alright coach, I will keep this brief. You've worked with them all season so far, so Paulsen or Prescott, who do you see as the better man to start in the event that Pruitt can't go?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 06, 2016, 07:20:46 PM
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  It's tough, but I like Dak's big-play ability and his ability to run if he needs to.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 07:27:47 PM
Yeah he does have the ability, but it comes with more risk. It's a toss up between the high risk-high reward potential of Dak and the lower risk-lower reward of Paulsen.

Has Dak shown much improvement? The last time he saw significant time as a starter he was throwing interceptions for St. Paul. Has he been able to improve upon that?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 06, 2016, 07:38:41 PM
 
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  Everyone looks better in practice, hard to tell.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 07:51:57 PM
That's true. I guess we will figure out which one to put out there and just hope it all works out for us in the end. Thanks for coming and speaking with me, coach. I'll let you get back to it.

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Jose Pruitt please.

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Jose, man, tough to see you have to leave that last game with the injury. You were having another great game - something you've done a lot of this season - and it sucked to see it interrupted like that. How are you feeling overall?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 06, 2016, 08:22:35 PM

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  Pretty sore man... I'm hurting.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 08:56:13 PM
I can only imagine the pain you're in. That was quite the hit you took that dealt you the injury. But if I know you, you won't be down long. It might not be this week, but when you're ready, you will come out firing. So rest and heal up. Your health is important and you're an important part of this franchise.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 06, 2016, 09:11:07 PM
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Thank you.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 09:56:23 PM
You're very welcome. I will let you go and get that rest and heal up. Who knows, maybe we will see you out on the field this week.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Coach Patrick McCarthy please.

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Coach, quick question. Prescott or Paulsen, who do you prefer we run out there if Pruitt can't go. I initially thought of Paulsen, but I'm starting to see that Prescott might give us that big play possibility that Paulsen lacks. Would you agree with that? Is Dak the one we should roll out in the worst case?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 06, 2016, 10:10:39 PM
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  I'd play it safe and go Paulsen, Dak is a big risk and I don't like big risks.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 06, 2016, 10:40:02 PM
Thanks for the input, coach. Hang in a moment while I gather up the others.

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Ashley can you gather all the coaches for me.

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Alright gentlemen, this could be a tough week. We're facing a tough defensive team at a moment when our starting quarterback could be out. We're going to change things up a bit this week in anticipation of Pruitt possibly missing the game. If he doesn't, even better, but we will plan for the chance that he doesn't.

We're going to keep the depth chart the same with the less risky Paulsen being the #1 option off the bench in the event Pruitt doesn't play. Hopefully we are able to create some turnovers again this week just like we did against Oakland. And if we capitalize on them we can steal a win. Whether or not we have Pruitt, I think we are still able to win. So let's get to it!

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-QB1: Jose Pruitt, QB2: Christopher Paulsen, QB3: Dak Prescott
-blitz ratio 45%
-Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 09, 2016, 03:01:31 PM
S7 WEEK 12 RESULTS

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THE PRESS WAITS FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK AND THE BRAWL IN NEW JERSEY, AS WELL AS YOUR OPPONENT THIS WEEK
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 10, 2016, 12:21:19 AM
Well, that game was not one of our best. Music City out played us and left us with a loss to sit us 3rd in the division. But we aren't down and out. We are within striking distance and if we can turn things around, we can sneak into the playoffs where anything can happen.

As for the brawl, well it was bound to happen. Those two were going to come to blows at some point. Luckily they aren't on my team.

This week we take on Long Beach, and it's a game we should and need to win. If we want to keep pace. Fortunately, the teams ahead of us are playing each other so things aren't too bleak. We can't focus too much on the others though. We have to play our own games and focus on them first and foremost.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 10, 2016, 01:10:46 AM
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  Well, I told you Dak was my preference last week....



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  Not our finest moment right now. We can't dwell on it. We need to rebound.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 10, 2016, 10:20:00 AM
You're right Coach Perryman. I should have listened. My apologies. Dak will likel be our guy this week.

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Coach McCarthy, it definitely wasn't our best moment. I think is safe to say we have Dak start if Jose can't go. We really need this win to keep us on pace. With Oakland and Lincoln playing each other this week could be big for us. As are the remaining games. I don't want to dwell on last week but look to the future.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 10, 2016, 12:01:22 PM
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  Agreed, we can't get wrapped up in this loss. Lets move on.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 10, 2016, 12:08:00 PM
The only thing to look at going forward is our blitz percent. I upped it to put more pressure on the Kings, but did it hurt us any to do so? Just wondering if its the safer bet to put it back to the 30% we were rolling at.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 10, 2016, 12:44:43 PM
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  I think we should dial it back, the interceptions gave us poor field position which was the biggest factor though.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 10, 2016, 12:57:17 PM
Thats what i was thinking. Get it back to our 30% and go from there.

Do you think the guys would benefit from a few words before we head to the game or are they just looking to get to it?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 10, 2016, 02:38:51 PM
 
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A few words could boost morale.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 10, 2016, 09:09:39 PM
Alright coach. I don't have much more today, so let's gather everyone on the practice field.

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Gather round guys.

I know last week didn't go how we had hoped, but if there's one thing I can say, it's that our season is not over. Sure, we had a blip but we've still got three games and we still have a shot at winning the division. So whatever happened last week, let's forget about it and look to the future. Let's look to the next three weeks and to upsetting Oakland and Lincoln.

Because when I look around here, I see a team that is better then both of those teams. I see 40 hungry players who are talented and ready to shoot to the top. 40 players who want it. We might have had a rough time out last game, but that is the past. This week we've got a match up we can win. This week we're going to take a step forward to the division title. Because as it currently stands, we still have a chance to come away with it.

Forget about the injuries and let's go out there and play like we have been all season. Let's go out there and show them our dynamic offense and our tenacious defense. Let's go out there and show them what Rapid City is all about. Let's go out there and show everyone what Scorched Earth means! We control our destiny, so let's go out there and get it!

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-QB1: Jose Pruitt, QB2: Dak Prescott, QB3: Christopher Paulsen
-blitz ratio 30%
-Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 19, 2016, 02:40:40 PM
S7 WEEK 14 RESULTS

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THE PRESS WAITS FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PAST WEEK'S GAMES, AND WHERE YOU GO FOR THE FINAL TWO WEEKS OF THE SEASON
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 19, 2016, 05:33:16 PM
When one door opens, another one closes.

We got Jose Pruitt back which brought back the scorched earth we all know and love, but in the process of the game we lost one of our captains in DeMarcus Crane. So while I'm happy that we got a win, what happened to DeMarcus takes the wind out of those sails.

Looking at the game itself, we did what we needed to do. We needed to walk into Long Beach, win and create some momentum heading into these last 2 games and that's exactly what we did. We had a great game from Jose, solid contributions from our receivers and our running game was on point. Our defense held the Merman out of the endzone for a good majority of the game, and really created a lot of opportunities with their turnovers. Like most of our games, this was a complete team effort from offense, to defense, to special teams.

As for the injury to DeMarcus, well, it's horrible to see it happen to such a young kid. I hope that the early reports are false and that it isn't a career ending injury. I know I don't speak for the players, but I believe that every single one of them will be fighting hard to end things on a positive note, head into the playoffs and win, all for DeMarcus. He is a member of this team, this family, and those guys are going to win for him.

These last two regular season games are going to be tough, but I know we can come together and close things out on a positive note.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 19, 2016, 08:33:01 PM
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Devastating news about DeMarcus...
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 19, 2016, 08:40:00 PM
Devastating all around coach. He was one of the leaders on this team and had so much time ahead of him on the field. Is it as the reports say? Is his career done for good?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 19, 2016, 08:42:41 PM
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It appears to be that way.  Very unfortunate for us, but even more so for him.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 19, 2016, 08:49:17 PM
Damn that is a big blow to us, but a bigger one to his promising career.

I guess that just leaves us with winning it all for DeMarcus.

Glad to have Pruitt back, was really starting to worry. Was great to see Jeremy have a game like that - he might be off this year but he's still providing us with some substantial running.

Anything else catch your eye from this past week? Seems to me there's not much to change other then finding a linebacker.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 19, 2016, 09:03:51 PM
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I dont have much, honestly.  We just need to replace Crane, and probably start planning to replace him long term in the draft as well.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 19, 2016, 09:22:47 PM
Yeah, it's something I wasn't planning for, but I'm sure I can figure something out.

Before I let you head to practice, is DeMarcus available for me to visit and speak to him or is he unavailable?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 19, 2016, 11:26:35 PM
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He will be available after the season, but for now he is unable to meet with us in any capacity.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 20, 2016, 07:30:32 AM
That's what I thought. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks coach.

I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley can you get me in touch with David Ames? I believe he's still the agent for James Steed.

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David, how are you doing? I am calling about your client James Steed. We are looking for a linebacker and would like to sign your client. Admittedly, we can't offer a lot this season, but here is what I am thinking. I would like to offer James a 2 year deal - worth $250,000 for the rest of this season, and then $3 million next season. Brings him in for the rest of this season at the minimum and keeps him around for next season where he's already familiar with the team. How does that sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 20, 2016, 07:24:36 PM
YOU HAVE A DEAL
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 20, 2016, 09:56:12 PM
Fantastic David. Pleasure doing business.

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Ashley, coach Bernard McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, I made a signing to help us this season and hopefully seasons to come. James Steed was a guy we scouted heading into our inaugural season, and I think he will help us out.

How are the guys holding up with what happened to DeMarcus? I was thinking of having a quick word with the team before we get going.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 20, 2016, 11:01:13 PM
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Morale took a little hit over the seriousness of the injury, but Im sure you can boost their spirits.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 21, 2016, 07:14:03 PM
Then I will speak to the team before we get things going.

As far as our captains go, we're likely going to have to name a new front seven and defensive captain. You're down with the guys so I wanted your input. I was planning to name James Turpin to both spots.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 21, 2016, 08:27:14 PM
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Absolutely, he's a natural leader, that's why he's doing so well politically.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 21, 2016, 09:31:13 PM
Excellent. Now, let's gather the whole team on the practice field.

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I think it's safe to say that we all have DeMarcus in our thoughts and prayers. What happened to him last week was heartbreaking. He was a big part of this team, he is a big part of this team and he always will be. He is a hard working player, a gamer, and if there's one thing I know, it's that he wouldn't want us to change our ways because of what happened. He would want us to go out there and continue to play hard and continue to make statements. He would want us to keep fighting and striving for the top, because we've got the talent. So let's do just that. Let's go out there each game and win, not just for ourselves, but for DeMarcus. Let's go out there and win the whole damn thing for him!

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-blitz ratio 30%
-James Turpin to Front Seven Captain and Defensive Captain
-James Steed to LB3, LB depth chart left up to coaches
-Everything else coaches decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 24, 2016, 01:57:12 PM
S7 WEEK 15 RESULTS

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THE PRESS WAITS TO DISCUSS THIS WEEK AND YOUR GAME AGAINST LINCOLN THIS WEEK, WITH THE WINNER MAKING THE PLAYOFFS AND THE LOSER ENDING THEIR SEASON.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 24, 2016, 02:49:52 PM
I've got to hand it to the players. With everything that has happened, they went up against Atlanta and beat a tough Warriors team. They have some playmakers on both sides of the ball but keeping them out of the endzone was a job well done by our defense. Philip Sanderson had a great game against his old team and the defense as a whole was clicking. Our offense was great as well. Jeremy Martin had another great game, and Pruitt once again moved the ball well down the field to get us in position for those final two field goals to help us get the win. Hernandez missed that earlier extra point, but he came back with impressive field goals to keep us in and then to win the game.

Now we find ourselves in a similar spot to last season. The final game of the year against Lincoln with everything on the line. We faced it last year and we came out on top, and I believe we will do the same this year. We are a different team then the last time Lincoln saw us, and that is going to prove problematic for them. Still, it's going to be a tough game. Lincoln is a team that is hungry to make the playoffs, but so are we. I know the players want it and the coaches do too, so when we take that field, we will be ready for whatever Lincoln has to throw our way.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 24, 2016, 03:01:22 PM
"Earlier this season in week 3, You lost this match up, at home, in overtime on a punt return touchdown.  How do you insure that your team plays more disciplined football late in the game?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 24, 2016, 03:44:03 PM
Well, we are a different team then the one they beat in week 3. Don't forget, we held them in check for most of that game, and it was a lucky punt return that gave them the win. This time around, we will be even better and won't be in that situation. As for disciplined I think this team has been a disciplined team throughout the season. We've been playing some pretty good football all year, and I don't see that stopping this week against Lincoln.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 24, 2016, 03:46:44 PM
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Do or die this week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 24, 2016, 03:51:38 PM
Just like last year coach. And just like last year, I see us coming out on top. I saw some great performances against a tough Atlanta team last week, and I know those players will be just as tough and ready for this weeks game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 24, 2016, 04:59:28 PM
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That's the plan, Gio and the Pride have a strong offense, very similar to ours statistically, so it could be a shootout.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 24, 2016, 05:01:11 PM
That's true coach. The teams are very similar in that regards. Is there anything you have thought of we can do to help us out, or is what we're rolling out the best bet? Keep with whats been working and see what Lincoln has in store for us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 24, 2016, 05:23:20 PM
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We have gotten this far on this plan, no need to get cute now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 24, 2016, 06:06:13 PM
Thats what I thought.

I guess there's nothing left to do for the week. How's the team? Are they hungry as for this game as I am?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 24, 2016, 06:18:52 PM
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They are acting like its moments before thanksgiving dinner... They are ready to dig in.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 24, 2016, 07:38:18 PM
Fantastic. Then I won't hold things up anymore.

Let's get this win and get back to the playoffs!

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
-blitz ratio 30%
-Everything else coaches decision

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 02:53:24 PM
S7 END OF REGULAR SEASON PRESS CONFERENCE

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THE PRESS WAITS FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WEEK AND HOW YOU FEEL YOUR SEASON WENT AS A WHOLE
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 26, 2016, 05:27:30 PM
Tough for it to end the way that it did. We fought hard all year and overcame some bumps in the road, and then to have it end in overtime in the deciding game on the final week. Tough one to swallow. But that's what happens when you play in the toughest division in the HIFL. You know that each game, each minute, each snap is going to be challenging, but if it wasn't, we wouldn't be here. My hats off to Lincoln. They got the better of us this week and are on the way to the playoffs.

As for how our season as a whole went well, for it being only our second season and for us to have been right there in the thick of the playoff hunt for the majority of the season, challenging for the division, I'd say it was a success. We got better from last year, fixed a few problems and are a better team for it. I mean, if you look at the numbers alone, we had some successes and some not so good moments throughout the season, highlighted by some of our key players on all sides of the ball.

I'm proud of what this team has done this season. It wasn't easy on us because on top of our own division we still had to face some of the beasts out east, but we still came to play every game, gave it our all, and played some damn good football every week. We gave the Cobras and the Dragons a fight when we faced them and that should give the guys a reason to be proud. I don't think any of them have any reason to hang their heads.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 06:16:09 PM
"Who would you name as your Team's "MVP" this season?  Who really stood out?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 26, 2016, 06:23:38 PM
There are a few different ways I could go here, but I'm going to say that our MVP was Jose Pruitt. He really improved his game from a year ago and was great for us all season. He constantly moved the ball down the field and cut his interceptions in half. A lot of his success can be attributed to the offensive line and the receivers catching the ball, but I still think he was our MVP.

There were others though. You look at our defense and guys like Turpin, Webb, DeMarcus Crane, Lightner - they all stood out to me too. Hernandez continued to be a solid kicker for us and kept us in many a game. He would probably be my second pick just because of how automatic he has become for us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 06:43:38 PM
"What would you like the fans to remember about this season?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 26, 2016, 06:46:31 PM
I would like the fans to remember that even though we missed the playoffs, we still got better. We still competed right down to the bitter end. And that is how we are always going to be. A lot of these pieces are back next year, so there's a lot to look forward to. And while we got better this year, we will be even better next year.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 06:50:26 PM
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I feel like we let you down CJ... We had the pole position early, and then we lost it.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 26, 2016, 06:53:41 PM
I don't feel like you and the team let me down. We had a great season. Sure, it would have been nice to win but there are so many positives to take from the season so there's a lot to look forward to.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 09:40:00 PM
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Well thank you boss. We played hard every game and avoided any real major problems all year, that's always a good thing.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 26, 2016, 09:43:08 PM
Every game we were in, which I can't be mad at. And really, we are 2 years old as a franchise and are a playoff team both years. We might not be in the playoffs now, but we are as good if not better then some of the teams in the playoffs.

The only real problem that rose up was our backup QB slot, but that is something I am looking to fix. Beyond that the team played well every game and that's a credit to you and the two coordinators. You guys work well as a unit to get these guys ready.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 10:06:57 PM
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I will pass on your compliments to the staff boss.  We will come back better than ever next year, that's for sure.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 26, 2016, 10:12:05 PM
We've got a lot of pieces in place to do just that, it's just a matter of filling in the gaps to get us over the proverbial hump.

Speaking of the staff, coach, I assume we're both on the same page with bringing back coach Barbour. He seems to really handle that defense well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 10:24:51 PM
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Absolutely.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 26, 2016, 10:31:13 PM
Well, coach, if there's nothing else I guess we can reconvene after the Impact Bowl. Just going to see if I can take care of Coach Barbours contract and then we should be good for a little mini vacation before then.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 26, 2016, 10:59:00 PM
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Alright boss, see you around.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2016, 07:18:48 AM
Take it easy, coach.

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Ashley, if he's still around could you get me Coach Barbour please?

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Coach, great job this season with the defense. You had them ready to play each time out and I know I didn't make it easy on you this season.

Now, if there's one thing I'd like to do before we gear up into off season moves, it's to extend your contract. Hopefully it's not too early after the end of the season to talk about it. My offer from the beginning of the year is still on the table. 3 year deal worth $4 million a season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2016, 12:27:39 PM
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I appreciate the offer boss, but I would really like to see if there are any opportunities out there for me. I love it here, but I feel like I need to at least see what other offers come my way before I ink a deal.  I hope you understand.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2016, 06:04:47 PM
I can understand that coach. While it would suck to possibly lose you, you've got to do what you've got to do, and I respect that. If there was a way to get it done and signed right now I would be open to it, but I also understand that you've got to see what other possibilities are out there.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2016, 06:09:28 PM
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I will say, its highly unlikely I leave unless it's a head coaching job.  Not many other teams in the league have D-coordinator job open that I would be interested in leaving here for. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2016, 06:17:45 PM
Fantastic, that's always good to hear!

We will talk more in the off season, one way or another. Thanks for stopping by coach.


Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2016, 06:21:11 PM
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Thank you too, I was considered washed up after Vegas went so badly two years ago, you bringing me in gave me a second chance. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2016, 06:35:15 PM
Could have fooled me. The way you've coached here, I would never have thought anyone saw you as washed up.

Anyways coach, I don't want to keep you too much longer so I will let you get to things. Enjoy the time off, you've earned it.

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Ashley, if Jeremy Martin is still around can you get me in touch with him?

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Jeremy, you ended the season with some pretty strong games. You had a great season all together, with some great totals in touchdowns and rushing yards.

I just wanted to check in and see how you're feeling? I know earlier this season we spoke of you not feeling right and just wanted to see if you still felt that way and if you were still interested in getting checked out we can look into it for this off season. So, how are you feeling?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2016, 06:49:25 PM
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I am glad the season is over, not glad we aren't in the playoffs, but my knee is bothering me still.  I think I need to get it looked at in the off-season. 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2016, 07:36:57 PM
If it's bothering you that much, it's likely a good idea to get it checked at. We want you to be healthy and ready to go ASAP. I will look into it and see what we can do to help you out.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2016, 08:35:21 PM
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Alright, Thanks Boss! 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2016, 08:55:47 PM
No problem, Jeremy. I will see what I can do. Now, enjoy you're time off. I'm sure we will be in touch.

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Ashley, I am looking to get Jeremy's knee looked at to see if there's anything wrong with it or not. Is this something our team doctor can handle or should I look into a knee/leg specialist to take a look? And if so, what would we be looking at cost wise for this?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2016, 09:01:32 PM
NO COST, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN UPDATE IN THE OFF-SEASON
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 27, 2016, 10:41:13 PM
Fantastic. Let's get that started then.

Also, can you get me in touch with Bobby Shapiro?

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I know I'm probably way early here, Bobby, but now that the season's over I wanted to touch base with you on Alonso Lightner. We have a lot interest in bringing him back next season, and keeping that pairing with Luis Brown going. The two were great down the stretch. If you and your client are interested in talking shop now, perhaps we can figure out a deal that starts next season. If not, then I just want to let you know our interest and that we will definitely be talking after the playoffs.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on July 27, 2016, 10:54:38 PM
BOBBY NOTES YOUR INTEREST, BUT WILL WAIT FOR THE OFF-SEASON
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on July 28, 2016, 07:16:45 AM
Thanks Bobby.

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With that I think we're good for now. So we will go ahead and Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 03, 2016, 12:30:29 AM
WELCOME TO THE SEASON 7 OFF-SEASON

You currently have: $1.25MM in PR from Season 7.  You may spend this at anytime before the Start of the 2017 HIFL Amateur Draft.


Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 03, 2016, 06:31:46 AM
Alright Ashley, let's speak to Mr. Burns.

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Mr. Burns, how are you doing? Well we didn't get the result we wanted but we fought to the bitter end and I think we are in a good position going forward. I've just got to work a little magic and get us in line for another great season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 03, 2016, 10:29:15 AM
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Ah-Yes Yes yes, GM Gates...

Sometimes when you play these games you come up Bankrupt, but that's okay!  We made a strong showing, and while we fell short of our goals, I am still very confident in what we have here.

Lets turn it around and make it a winning off-season my boy!   

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 03, 2016, 12:39:08 PM
That's the plan, sir. With a little creativity I think we can put ourselves in a great position for next season. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me sir.

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Ashley, I know he's likely a busy man right now, so could you send this along to coach Randy Barbour?

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Coach Barbour,

I know we only spoke recently, but I just wanted to reiterate our interest in bringing you back. I know you're likely busy fielding calls, so I wanted to send this along in lieu of bringing you in. You are aware of our offer and hopefully we are able to bring you back on it or something we can negotiate on. You were a big part of this team and we would hate to lose you. Feel free to get back to me at any time if you so choose. Hope we speak again soon with good news.

GM Gates


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Thanks Ashley. Now can you get me in touch with coach Bernard McCarthy?

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Coach, how are you doing? The offseason is upon us and I think it's pretty evident where we need to make some improvements. Even with our free agents, I think it's pretty obvious who we should look to bring back. I'm assuming you see things the same way, but any input you have is appreciated.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 03, 2016, 01:16:25 PM
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We are fortunate to have only a handful of free agents, and it is definitely clear who we need to aggressively pursue.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 03, 2016, 03:09:45 PM
I think the elephant might be our backup QB spot. Obviously we are going to move on from Dak, would you're preference be with a younger guy with QB skills who can learn throughout from Pruitt and coach Perryman or a veteran to make sure we have a back up plan. :(
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 03, 2016, 03:19:02 PM
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Why do you look so sad? 

...Anyways, I'd prefer a veteran who can fill in if needed.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 03, 2016, 05:25:25 PM
Just remembering the mess that was our back up QB situation, coach. Gets me feeling blue.

Sounds good coach. I will see what I can do there.

Outside of that I didn't have anything in mind to speak about. With no one retiring, we don't have many holes to talk about. The other big talking point would be our defense, but I'd like to wait until we officially have a coordinator.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 03, 2016, 05:32:11 PM
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Agreed. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 03, 2016, 05:34:34 PM
Awesome. Well, unless you have anything on your mind regarding the team, I think we're good until we hear back from Coach Barbour.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 03, 2016, 05:37:33 PM
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Hey boss, I'll be willing to come back to Rapid City on a 3 year deal for $7MM. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 03, 2016, 06:12:00 PM
Coach Barbour, a pleasure to speak with you.

3 years we can do no problem. The snag comes with the money. It's not that I don't think you're worth the $7 million, but it would put you ahead of Head Coach McCarthy on the scale. Now, what I can offer is $6 million a year. In addition to that, in the event that we have a bit more flexibility with our PR cap, I will look at your deal again and try and make that 7 work. But right now what I am offering is 3 years at $6 million. Is 6 million something we can do?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 04, 2016, 01:31:53 PM
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Well, I'll do $6MM for 2 years. 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 04, 2016, 03:09:59 PM
Fantastic news coach.

Now I don't know if you'd like to get right to work or if you want to take a few days first, but of course the defence is our focus going into the off season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 04, 2016, 03:30:55 PM
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I'm ready to go when you are, What's up? 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 04, 2016, 05:23:22 PM
Well as we discussed mid season, I was looking to get the defense back to a formation you prefer to run and we agreed on the 3-4. I just wanted to make sure that was still in your mind. I know we likely have some work to do to shore it up.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 04, 2016, 05:27:15 PM
 
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Absolutely.  So remember, with the 3-4, we need our pass rushers to come from the linebacker spots, so we will want to think about either moving our DE's to LB, or finding LB's who can rush the passer; and we need to beef up the DL with big DT-sized defensive ends. 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 04, 2016, 05:39:36 PM
Right! Thank you again, coach.

I guess my next question for you, is to ask you how far off we are from that goal. Obviously I'm not asking you to run down player by player, but just so I can get a feel for things and a feel for the end goal.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 04, 2016, 05:44:45 PM
 
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Steed is a good fit for a 3-4 OLB, Webb and Vance would work in the middle as the inside linebacker.

Salmon is actually a good size to stay at DE, and we could also move Sanderson out to the other side to play DE, but Hinds and Pierce are both too small to be DT's in this system, they could move to DE if we wanted to keep them though. We would need to find a BIG heavy DT to play the nose tackle and one to back him up too, then just find one more pass rusher to put at the other OLB spot. 

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 04, 2016, 05:53:15 PM
So we're not too far off then, it sounds. A few things to take care of here and there, but we've got time to do just that. I thought the Steed signing would work well for us - he's a guy I wanted to bring in regardless, and the unfortunate injury to DeMarcus made it an earlier signing.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 04, 2016, 06:01:09 PM
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Well, DeMarcus didn't retire at the end of the year, so I hope he sits out this year and can return for Season 9.. 
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 04, 2016, 06:12:01 PM
Fair point. I had taken his injury as career ending since I hadn't followed up with him yet. I'm planning to do that soon.

Alright coach, I thank you for all the information. Do you have anything else you want to add?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 04, 2016, 06:20:34 PM
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Nothing too much to add. Doctors are still calling his injury a career ending one, so he is off of our books, I wouldn't bother him right now, he's got a lot of rehab to handle.. 
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 04, 2016, 07:15:33 PM
Noted. I won't bother him. Thanks for the insight coach. I will let you take care of anything you need to take care of. I will give you a call if anything comes up.

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Coach McCarthy please.

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Coach, there was one of our free agents that I wanted to get your opinion on. David Gilbertson, what's your take on him? Is he a guy you feel we should bring back to shore up our line?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 04, 2016, 08:57:44 PM
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Well the guy didn't give up a sack all year, I'd say he warrants a contract for sure.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 05, 2016, 12:10:08 AM
True enough. Thanks coach, that's all I had for you currently. I will let you get back to things.

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Ashley have we received any update on Jeremy Martin?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 05, 2016, 12:14:27 AM
MARTIN IS CLEARED FOR TRAINING CAMP, 100%
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 05, 2016, 11:17:39 PM
Fantastic. Thanks Ashley.

James T. Crain please.

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JTC, I'm sure your phone is ringing off the hook during this time of year, but I wanted to get in touch regarding Philip Sandersons contract. Basically I was wondering if we could shift $2 million of his PR to salary, making his deal a 2 year, $9.5 million dollar deal with 2.5 in PR.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 05, 2016, 11:29:29 PM
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Sorry GM Gates, but right now I'm only talking deals for current free agents.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 06, 2016, 10:04:05 AM
Fair enough, JTC. We will touch base again after the madness dies down.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 07, 2016, 01:03:59 PM
Ashley, if he's available can I speak with James Van Driver please?

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James as promised I wanted to check in with you after the season and see how you felt the season went as WR. Is it a position you can see yourself in going forward?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 07, 2016, 02:27:39 PM
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Well boss I only had 6 chances to make a play all year, so I'm not sure what i think of it... I was happy to make all 3 of my catches go for first downs and 2 of them be for 20+, but I feel like I can do better on KR/PR next year if you dont give up on me..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 07, 2016, 04:59:40 PM
Oh by all means I'm not giving up on you. You did great given your opportunities and I think you will do even better next year. You were good on KR/PR as well and I think the more you play the better you will be. I just wanted to check in with you.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 07, 2016, 11:22:47 PM
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I am up for keeping with the training, I appreciate it boss..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 11, 2016, 10:09:29 AM
Awesome. Thanks for stopping by the see me, James.

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Ashley, I think Im just going to sit tight for now and try and work on some things.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 13, 2016, 03:19:35 PM
Can I get the representative for Glenn Totten please?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 13, 2016, 03:27:13 PM
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Hey there GM Gates.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 13, 2016, 03:31:34 PM
Steve how are you doing? We would like to offer Glenn a 3 year, $4 million dollar deal.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 13, 2016, 04:35:43 PM
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You've got a deal.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 13, 2016, 08:25:04 PM
Fantastic to hear Steve.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 16, 2016, 11:16:04 PM
Let's get Roy Amador's agent on the line.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 18, 2016, 11:06:28 PM
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Yes?
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 18, 2016, 11:23:38 PM
Looking to get Roy signed. How does a 3 year deal worth $2.75 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 18, 2016, 11:32:44 PM
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Yes, that is a deal.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 19, 2016, 07:05:13 AM
Fantastic, Amber. Pleasure as always.

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Ashley, let's get in touch with Timothy Beck's agent.

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Let's get Timothy signed to a deal. How does 3 years at $2 million per year sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 19, 2016, 12:47:22 PM
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Yes, that is a deal.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 19, 2016, 05:25:36 PM
Excellent, I will send along the paperwork.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 21, 2016, 12:29:21 AM
Ashley, can you get me in touch with Albert Amaya's representation please.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 21, 2016, 01:26:05 AM
 
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3 for 1.25MM for Albert, and 3 for 1MM for Hamm.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 21, 2016, 09:51:08 AM
Those sound good to me, Amber. I will pass the paperwork along. Thanks.

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Ashley, let's get in touch with Harry Fletcher's representation.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 21, 2016, 02:25:45 PM
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3 for 1.25MM, Fuggettaboutit!
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 21, 2016, 02:37:44 PM
Sounds good to me, Anthony. You've got a deal.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 23, 2016, 09:57:29 PM
Let's get the agent for Jerry Weatherford on the line.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 24, 2016, 01:01:52 AM
 
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2 years and 500K!
       
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 24, 2016, 07:09:46 AM
Sounds like a deal to me, Drew. I'll send along the information to the league.

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Ashley, let's get in touch with the representative for Brian Harmon.

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Let's get Brian signed. 3 years, $500K?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 25, 2016, 01:07:56 PM
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2 years and 500K for Brian, and 2 years, 250K for Timothy Roy.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 25, 2016, 05:28:48 PM
Those are both deals we can agree on.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 25, 2016, 05:46:05 PM
Ashley, can you get me in touch with Deion Hester please?

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Deion, how are you doing? I know the draft is still cooking along but I wanted to get in touch with you before the craziness that is free agency. I wanted to talk Jeremy Martin. Now, I know he's not a free agent for a few more years, but I wanted to see about working out a new contract for him. Now, I totally understand if you want to wait until the pre-season, or once the free agent frenzy has died down, but I thought I would just check in and see if this is something you'd be interested in discussing now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 25, 2016, 07:49:24 PM
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What are you offering?
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 25, 2016, 10:39:12 PM
The offer I had in mind is for a new 4 year deal worth $10.5 million a season with $2 million in PR.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 25, 2016, 11:57:00 PM
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Na man, we're good.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 26, 2016, 05:40:48 PM
Fair enough, Deion. Perhaps we can revisit this at a later time, after I've crunched some numbers, see if we can hammer something out then.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 29, 2016, 05:59:56 PM
Ashley, can you get me in touch with Head Coach Bernard McCarthy please?

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Coach, I'm sorry to bother you, but I wanted to discuss your contract with you. You are heading into your last year, but I feel there is still much more for us to accomplish with the team that we have built. Needless to say, I wanted to discuss this well before the season started so we knew where we were.

I would like to offer you a new 3 year contract, worth $8.5 million a season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 29, 2016, 06:08:20 PM
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  I think we have a lot of unfinished business as well, but I will hold off on an extension for right now.  8.5MM still would keep me in the bottom 1/4th of the league in head coaching wages.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 29, 2016, 06:09:23 PM
That is fair, but let me ask coach, what kind of deal would make an extension possible right now? Did you have a number in mind?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on August 29, 2016, 07:29:50 PM
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  I would hope I was valued in the $10MM per year range personally.
 
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Post by: GM Gates on August 29, 2016, 09:28:11 PM
Don't take my initial offer as what I value you at coach. I think you're worth every bit of that $10 million. I was simply trying to get the conversation started so we could hammer out a deal to keep you around.

3 years at $10 million a season is something I can do coach. If it sounds good to you, let's keep this train rolling.
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Post by: Talon on August 29, 2016, 10:41:25 PM
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  I will definitely keep what you said in mind.  As for the new deal, I'll sign that 3 year $10MM, effective immediately, right?
 
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Post by: GM Gates on August 29, 2016, 10:56:45 PM
Effective immediately coach. Glad we could get this worked out. Time to take care of the unfinished business.
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Post by: GM Gates on August 31, 2016, 06:22:22 PM
Coach, while I have you here, I wanted to ask you a question. We're likely going to have 1 optional roster spot left after we sign our last WR, and just wanted to pick your brain. There's a few different ways we could go, but what position do you feel we should look to sign some depth at?
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Post by: Talon on August 31, 2016, 10:10:25 PM
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Offensive line.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on August 31, 2016, 10:41:39 PM
Sounds good coach. I will let you go and do what you need to do while I finish things up with our roster.
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Post by: GM Gates on September 09, 2016, 10:16:18 PM
Ashley, can you get me in touch with Amber Molina?

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Amber, sorry to bother you, but I wanted to talk to you about your client Andrew Hernandez before we get camp started. He's entering the last year on his deal, and we would like to extend that. I would like to offer Andrew a new 4 year deal worth $3 million a season, starting this season.
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Post by: Talon on September 17, 2016, 11:03:09 PM
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Back to back pro bowl appearances have us hoping for $4MM per seasons, sweetheart.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on September 18, 2016, 02:46:08 PM
I can understand that. Here is my revised proposal. A 4 year deal worth 3 million this upcoming season, and 4 million for the 3 years after that. Think of it like a raise on this years salary and then the 4 million for 3 after that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on September 23, 2016, 06:25:49 PM
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We can resume negotiations after the season, good day.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on October 07, 2016, 07:29:41 AM
Definitely. Have a good day, Ms. Molina.

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Alright Ashley, here's the information for camp.

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DEPTH CHART:

QB: Jose Pruitt - Harry Fletcher
RB: Jeremy Martin - John Brogan - James Cody
FB: Jose Wilburn - James Cody
RT: Ralph Nutter - Chris Hilton
RG: Steven Fernandez - Chris Hilton
C: Darrin Yost - David King
LG: David Gilbertson - Chris Hilton
LT: Kenny Johnson - Chris Hilton
TE: Eric Ashworth - Timothy Roy
WR1: Clint Dickey - Ralph Brown - Matthew Grover - George Holmes - James Van Driver
WR2: Ralph Brown - Matthew Grover - George Holmes - James Van Driver

DT: Glenn Totten - James Hamm
DE: Phillip Sanderson - Clayton Salmon - Roy Amador
LB: James Steed - Jason Webb - Mario Vance - Timothy Beck - Brian Harmon
CB: Alonso Lightner - Luis Brown - Albert Amaya - Jerry Weatherford
FS: Aaron Milliken - Rico Kinney
SS: Kevin Daniels - Billy Faison

P: Andrew Hernandez
K: Damien Shively

KR: James Van Driver - Jerry Weatherford - Rico Kinney
PR: James Van Driver - Jerry Weatherford - Rico Kinney

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STRATEGIES:

Backfield: Featured Running Back
Primary Receiver: Clint Dickey
Playing Time: Mostly Starters

Offensive Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Decision

Defensive Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Decision

Blitz Ratio: 30%

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TRAINING/CAPTAINS:

Captains:
1. Jose Pruitt
2. John Brogan
3. Kenny Johnson
4. Alonso Lightner
5. James Steed
6. Billy Faison

Training:
1. Harry Fletcher - Arm Strength
2. Eric Ashworth - Run Blocking
3. James Van Driver - Football IQ

4. Glenn Totten - Strength
5. Timothy Beck - Tackling
6. Jason Webb - Strength

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PR CAMPAIGNS:

Jose Pruitt - $2 million
Tag Line: "What Would Jose Pruitt Do?"
($1.5 million) Commercial: We will run a commercial that will show clips of Pruitts play from the past two seasons with a voice over asking the question "What Would Jose Pruitt Do". The answers will be ones like persevere, persist, work hard, adapt. At the end of the commercial, Pruitt will break and run the ball into the endzone and the voice will say "One thing we know Jose Pruitt will do, is dominate and win. Because that's what Jose Pruitt does."
($500K) Merchandise: To coincide with the commercial, we will put out a series of T-Shirts with "WWJPD" on the front and then on the back are listed the various things: Persevere, Persist, Work Hard, Dominate, Win. They will be in the various Inferno colors.

Jeremy Martin - $5 million
Tag Line: "Never Say Die"
($2 million) Commercial: Nothing ever holds Jeremy Martin back from doing what he needs and wants to do. If he's hurt, he will still power through to succeed. If he's being pressured at the line, he will look for ways to help his team that might not involve running the football. He has a never say die attitude, which is what this commercial centers around.
($1.5 million) Pre-Game Hype Video: We will spend some money on a hype video and alternate commercial. In it, Jeremy Martin will play the role of a spy, decked out like James Bond, except he will introduce himself as "Mart. J Mart". The video/commercial will show Martin fighting bad guys and always come out on top. Towards the end, someone will ask what his secret is, and he will look at the camera and say that his secret "is to Never Say Die".
($500K) Merchandise: A series of "Never Say Die/Jeremy Martin" Merchandise will be sold at out team shops and at stores throughout the state.
($500K) Bobblehead Giveaway: On the first home game of the season, we will have a Jeremy Martin bobble head giveaway. The first 25,000 fans into the stadium will get one. After the giveaway we will have them available for purchase in our team shops.
($500K) Charity Trip: For our 3rd home game of the season, we will be inviting a group of kids who have either been diagnosed with, are going through treatment, or have gone through treatment for cancer to a box in the stadium to watch the game.

Clint Dickey - $2 million
Tag Line:  "'Stretch' Dickey"
($1.5 million) Commercial/Ad Campaign: Clint is automatic when the ball is thrown his way, so in a play off Stretch Armstrong, we bring you Stretch Dickey. Newspaper ads and billboards will show Dickey hauling in an impossible catch with incredibly stretched out arms, and small commercials will show the same thing, with Dickey hauling in passes out of reach for most people, but passes that he makes look easy.
(500K) Limo Contest: A contest will be held during the pre season where one lucky fan could win a trip for 4 to a Rapid City home game, where they will be picked up in a limousine, watch the game from a box, and get a chance to meet Clint Dickey in person.

Ralph Brown - $2.5 million
Tag Line: "Always Bet On Brown"
($1.5 million) Commercial: Ralph Brown will be seen in a casino where he walks up to a roulette table. He watches others place some bets, and watches some spins before he brings out a few chips and places them on a picture of himself that is on the table. He flashes a smile as the words "Always Bet on Brown" appear on the screen.
($500K) Radio Ads: These will air on the local radio in the weeks leading up to the regular season and throughout the season. The ad will let fans known that if they want to see something good happen, then they should come out and watch Ralph Brown catch passes, something he does so well, that it's a good idea to Always Bet on Brown.
($500K) Giveaway: Every time Ralph scores a touchdown this season, one lucky fan will receive a gift pack of Inferno merchandise, including a signed Ralph Brown jersey.

Eric Ashworth - $1 million
Tag Line: "Rampage"
As the season went on, Eric would rampage through the opposition to get open for a catch. That moniker will follow him this season as we unleash "Rampage" on the league.
($500K) Video: A quick video will play during pre-game warm ups showing some of Eric's best catches from last year and his ability to blow by his opposition.
($500K) Merchandise: We will put out a series of "RAMPAGE" T-Shirts to be sold in our shop and given away throughout the season during games.

Ralph Nutter - $1 million
Tag Line: "The Nutter Professor"
($500K) Video Package: Ralph spent the good chunk of last season teaching opposing defenses about who he was and that they were going to have to work to get by. We will put together a video package of some of his best plays, and scattered through it will be some of the more well known lines and scenes from The Nutty Professor. The focus will be highlighting just how dominating Ralph was.
($500K) School Trips: Throughout the pre-season and regular season, Ralph will head to local schools and speak to the kids there, from all grades. He will share his experiences growing up and help to teach kids the importance of school and, for older kids, the message that you can be whatever you want as long as you stick to it. He will also visit local football teams to offer some advice on their goals as well.

Phillip Sanderson - $4.5 million
Tag Line: "The Sandman"
($2 million) Commercial: It will be a commercial shot from the point of view of a quarterback. We will show a commercial of Sanderson tossing aside tackler after tackler, knocking them down and putting them "to sleep", getting closer to us. Eventually he sacks us and the shot fades to black with a voice over saying "The Sandman is getting ready to knock opponents out and put them to sleep" followed by the date of the first game.
($1 million) Advertisement: To hype the first full season Sanderson is in Rapid City, a billboard advertisement will be created. It will be simple and will be a close up of Sanderson's face, menacing and tough, with the words "The Sandman is Here".
($750 K) Meet the Sandman: While he joined the team midway through last season, the fans haven't necessarily had a chance to meet Sanderson, so we will set up a meet and greet with some fans to get his face out there in Rapid City.
($500K) Jersey Giveaway: At the second last home game of the season, we will give away Phillip Sanderson replica jerseys.
($250K) Music: Every time Sanderson comes out for pre-game warm ups, "Enter Sandman" will play throughout the stadium. It will also play every time he makes a sack.

Jason Webb - $1.5 million
Tag Line: "Mr. Everywhere"
($1 million) Commercial: In his rookie season, Jason Webb was everywhere, knocking down passes, making sacks and even a few interceptions, so we will highlight that in the following commercial. We will start with a few adults playing basketball, and as one of them goes to make a shot, Webb runs by and swats the ball away. He keeps running and swats down various items. He runs through a wedding and knocks a bouquet out of the way, he will intercept a Frisbee in a park, and we will finish the commercial off with Webb breaking up a big play on the football field.
($500K) T-Shirts/Merchandise: Shirts with the tag name of Mr Everything will be sold at our team shop, with Webbs number on the back.

Alonso Lightner - $1 million
Tag Line: "The Lightner Way Is The Best Way"
($1 million) Advertisements: We are going to put together some television commercials and large poster campaigns in subways, the stadium and around the town. These ads will feature Alonso Lightner doing something normal, something everyday people would be doing, but because it's Alonso Lightner doing it, it looks that much better on the poster and in the commercials. The commercials will end with Lightner on the field, making a play to stop the opposition, with the words "The Lightner Way is The Best Way" on the screen.

Luis Brown - $500K
Tag Line: "Hands of Gold: The Luis Touch"
($500K) Video Highlights: Whenever Brown touches the ball, good things happen for the Inferno, so we will accentuate that with a few videos before our games in the stadium, as well as scattered throughout the season on TV. We will show highlights from his then record breaking interception season, plus his best plays from last season. It will be a video package under the Hands of Gold title.

Aaron Milliken - $1 million
Tag Line: "The Stopper"
($500K) Radio Ads: We will run a few radio campaigns that will air throughout the season. They will highlight Aaron Millikens abilities as a safety with ads along the lines of "when all else fails and the ball is in the air, there is one man who can stop them. Aaron Milliken is The Stopper and he's coming to a stadium near you".
($500K) Merchandise: We will put out a series of "The Stopper" T-Shirts with Milliken's number on the back of them that will be sold at merchandise stands around the stadium and stores throughout the city.

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on November 30, 2016, 10:35:58 AM
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Hello and welcome back GM Gates!  Attached is our teams report coming out of training camp.  Everyone is excited to get back to work!
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 01, 2016, 06:23:25 PM
Thank you, Ashley. I hope you enjoyed your vacation.

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Coaches, welcome back. I hope all of you enjoyed your vacations and were as excited by training camp as I was.

After reading through your reports, we look to be in a good position heading into the season, which is always a great thing. Our defense looks strong and as they come together in the new system they will be even stronger and our offense. What more can I say that you guys haven't already said. I'm excited to see how it plays out on the field.

If things go the way I'm hoping, I feel like our offense will be able to give us enough cushion so that our defense can grow comfortably through the season and by the end, we will be a monster on both sides of the ball.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 01, 2016, 10:27:52 PM
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  I am really excited about the team we're fielding this year CJ, you've done a good job.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 01, 2016, 10:54:17 PM
Thanks coach. It was a team job this off season between you, the coaching staff and myself, and we've got a heck of a team to show for it.

One question I had, and this might be a question best asked to Coach Perryman, but how did Harry Fletcher look in camp?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 01, 2016, 11:15:00 PM
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I liked him.  He's an accurate kid.  He's not built to throw the deep ball and stretch the field, but he also has the mobility to run if he sees a lane.
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Post by: GM Gates on December 02, 2016, 07:24:11 AM
Sounds like he has the ability to play a competent quarterback if the need arises. Might not be a deep ball threat but after what we had as a back up last season, Fletcher looks to be an upgrade.

Beyond that coach, I didn't have any other questions. Was there anything more about the team you wanted to discuss before we dive into the pre-season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 02, 2016, 03:38:23 PM
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Nothing that particularly stood out..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2016, 09:05:32 AM
Good, good. Now when it comes to the pre-season, I'm thinking we play the games like the regular season with our starters, take those extra games to give our defence some time to gel together. Get more comfortable in the system. Sound good to you or would you rather get some of our backups some more time, maybe on the offensive side of the ball?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 03, 2016, 04:29:09 PM
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I think we should just play the games like we will in the regular season, unless there is a position you want to see and compare a particular player.
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Post by: GM Gates on December 03, 2016, 10:52:05 PM
The only potential battle would be at strong safety between Faison and Daniels, but beyond that going with our starters does make the most sense. Hopefully it gets us going and we get into the regular season on all cylinders.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 04, 2016, 10:28:29 AM
Alright coach, I will have the final information to you shortly. For now can you send in Coach Barbour?

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Coach welcome back. I just wanted to take a quick moment to discuss our defence. Do you feel our defence is set up in the optimal way or are there any positional adjustments you think we should make? I know it's going to take time for them to grow into the system and I want to make sure we are set up the best way to do that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 04, 2016, 11:05:44 AM
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We've got our best guys on the field, I think... I'll keep an eye out in case we need to make any changes.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 06, 2016, 11:23:14 PM
Sounds good to me coach. That's why we play these pre-season games right? To see what tweaks might be needed for the season. Thanks for stopping by, I'll let you get ready for the upcoming games.

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Ashley, with us acquiring Reuben Flins, I wanted to use some of the unused PR on his contract to set up a little meet and greet with the fans during the pre-season, give Flins a chance to sign some autographs and we'll give away some swag as well. Would this be something we need to file with the league office?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 06, 2016, 11:25:56 PM
 
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Since you are just using the PR money we are paying for for him anyways, you can just make emphasis on what you want done with the funds when you lock in, sir.
   
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 07, 2016, 12:23:18 PM
Thanks Ashley. I will do just that when I'm ready.

For now can you send up Coach Patrick McCarthy please.

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Coach, how excited are you to get out there and call plays for this offence? We've got lots of weapons to attack our opponents with either on the ground or in the air. Who has impressed you the most so far in camp?
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Post by: Talon on December 07, 2016, 08:33:17 PM
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Most definitely James Van Driver, as noted in our most improved list.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 08, 2016, 08:45:46 PM
I couldn't agree more. I'm really looking forward to what he does this year, both as a receiver and on special teams. I didn't really have anything more to ask you coach. I think our offense is pretty much set and it will be fun to watch all season. Thanks for coming to see me, now let's go scorch some pre-season earth!

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Both Games
Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart Changes:
WR4 - James Van Driver, WR5 - Anthony Rickenbacher
LB4 - Reuben Flins
KR - James Van Driver - Anthony Rickenbacher - Rico Kinney
PR - James Van Driver - Anthony Rickenbacher - Rico Kinney

Reuben Flins Meet and Greet:
Before our 2nd pre-season game, we will have a meet and greet with one of the newest members of the Inferno where fans can meet Flins, get an autograph and we will be giving away some Flins merchandise (Jerseys, T-shirts etc.) as well. It will do a good deal to welcome him to the Inferno family.

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Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 16, 2016, 11:21:08 PM
S8 PRE-SEASON RESULTS

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1. What did you think of your teams off-season?
2. What do you think of your season goals set by your owner?
3. How did you feel about the pre-season?
4. Who is the one player you believe needs to "step up" to help this team perform at its best?
5. What makes you think this team will be better than it was last year?


 
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 17, 2016, 12:35:10 PM
Our off season went about as well as I could have hoped. We went in with a few things we wanted to do and we managed to accomplish them so that is a definite positive. Rebuilding our defensive line, finding a suitable backup QB, stuff like that. All in all the off season went a long way to helping to improve our team.

The goals set before us for the season are spot on with what myself and the coaches know this team is capable of. We all know what we can do and know that we have the talent to get to the playoffs and beyond so that is what we are setting out to do.

I feel the pre season went well for us. We might not have won both games but at this point it's more about seeing how the team works going forward. Finally hitting the field as a team in game action. There were a lot of things I liked out there and things we can build off of going into the regular season. And we were still in the game we lost so it's not like we got blown out or anything. It was a good pre season.

I don't know if there's one player who needs to "step up" for us to succeed. There are a few guys who could benefit from better years that would help us. Someone like Jeremy Martin, if he gets back to his rookie form this year, this team could be even better all around the ball. But I wouldn't say he needs to step it up or that he's not doing a good job.

I think this team is better then last year because of the changes we made this off season. Securing our defensive line, having a better depth throughout the team. Things like that go a long way to helping our team be more successful. With more playmakers on both sides of the ball, we will be in good positions to make things happen and cause havoc for opponents.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 17, 2016, 01:00:00 PM
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Anything in preseason you want to discuss boss?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 17, 2016, 01:15:54 PM
Nothing that jumps out as being a major concern. After the year he had last year those 2 interceptions for Pruitt against Orlando were surprising but I chalk that up more to preseason and the teams first few games together more then anything. Or is there more to it then that?

Other then that I felt the team played well. Hopefully those penalties aren't a problem in the season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 17, 2016, 11:09:01 PM
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I try not to overreact to preseason games, I'm hoping the picks and the penalties were just working off the rust for our boys.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 17, 2016, 11:30:46 PM
Me too coach. We will see how the season starts in those regards.

Outside of that, coach, the only other thing I was watching for was our linebacker set up. As our depth chart is set right now, do you see that as the optimal line up going forward, with Steed and Flins on the outside and Webb and Vance on the inside?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 18, 2016, 12:25:52 AM
 
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I agree with your alignment of the backers, Webb and Vance are best suited inside, Steed is only an OLB really, so its where he needs to be, and Flins, while better sized for the inside, is the better of the three inside guys to play outside I think, as Webb would waste some of his talents in coverage if we have him rushing the passer too often.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 18, 2016, 09:32:18 AM
Fantastic. Not much left to talk about for the pre season so let's look at the season proper. Week 1 we face Lincoln at home. Doesn't have the same feeling without GM Strike at their helm, but I think it will still be a game we can win. I won't change anything from pre season and we will see what happens. What are your thoughts on week one coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 18, 2016, 09:19:27 PM
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I don't take these GM-less teams lightly, Lincoln is a good team, I expect a tough fight.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 18, 2016, 09:56:17 PM
Oh, by all means coach. Every team and every game should be approached the same way in my mind. I expect it to be tough, especially with a team like Lincoln who has given us a hard time every time we face them. I think we are in a good spot to fight hard for this victory and it will give us an idea for what the season might have in store.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 18, 2016, 10:19:19 PM
 
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I agree.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 18, 2016, 10:26:34 PM
Excellent coach. I don't have much more for you as of now, I'm sure we will have more to talk about as the regular season moves along. For now I will let you head to practice.

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Ashley can you send up Coach Barbour for me?

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Coach, I know its only been two pre-season games and these games aren't necessarily indicative of the season to come, but I wanted to get your feelings on the defense as a whole, how they are taking to the 3-4 we are trying to get going? What looked good to you, what are things we might need to keep an eye on going forward?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 18, 2016, 10:27:56 PM
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I'm not sure yet, its going to take some real games to really know.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 20, 2016, 09:18:15 PM
Sounds good, coach. That's all I have for now, I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you send Jeremy Martin up to see me please?

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J-Mart, how you doing? How has the off season treated you? You ready to run over a few defenses this season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 20, 2016, 09:46:20 PM
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More than a few my man, I'm going to destroy this league this season.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 22, 2016, 10:57:28 PM
I can't wait to see that, Jeremy. It's going to be a great season for you. I don't want to take too much more of your time, so I will let you head back to practice.

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Ashley, let's gather the team together.

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Another season is upon us gentlemen, and I see nothing but bright things ahead. With all of the talent we have on this roster, with all of you that work hard every game, I don't see why we can't achieve everything we set our minds to achieving. If we want the playoffs, we will get the playoffs. If we want to get to the finals, we will get to the finals.

And it all starts in Week 1. So let's go out there this week and get things started on the right foot. Lets go out there and show them what Scorched Earth is all about!

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart Changes:
WR4 - James Van Driver, WR5 - Anthony Rickenbacher
LB4 - Reuben Flins
KR - James Van Driver - Anthony Rickenbacher - Rico Kinney
PR - James Van Driver - Anthony Rickenbacher - Rico Kinney

Anything else coaches decision.

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 28, 2016, 08:07:20 PM
S8 WEEK 1 RESULTS

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The Media waits for your thoughts on the game, what went right, what went wrong, and what you expect next week.

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 28, 2016, 09:44:02 PM
Starting the season off with a win is always great. We fought a tough Lincoln team and came out with the victory thanks in large part to our defence. Kevin Daniels with that interception return was excellent to see. The whole team played well and got us off on the right foot by holding Lincoln to three points in the first half. We gave up a few sacks, but I'm sure that with time, our team will mesh even better and we will be firing on all cylinders as the season progresses.

Up next we have Seattle in what should be another hard fought game. That team has the potential to be dangerous, and we will treat it as such in our game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 28, 2016, 11:12:20 PM
"What did you think of your new-look defense?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 29, 2016, 09:01:09 AM
While it is still a work in progress, I liked what I saw. We held the Pride to under 50 yards rushing and forced them to throw more which plays into our hands with our good backfield. That's what helped lead to the pick-six to give us the win. It was a good job by the team to pull out the win. As the weeks go by we will only get better.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 29, 2016, 12:59:04 PM
 
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Always good to start the season 1-0.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 29, 2016, 01:18:46 PM
Definitely is, coach. Always good to start on the right foot.

There were a lot of good things in that game, coach. Lots to like going forward. Our defence seemed to work well being the first week, we limited our penalties and got a lot of people involved in the offense. What did you think of the game?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 29, 2016, 01:21:52 PM
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It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't awful either.  I'd like to see some sacks on the board.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 29, 2016, 02:53:38 PM
I agree coach. We had some nice tackles for loss and got a bit of pressure back there, but I might like to see a little more. I want to force those quarterbacks to make incorrect throws. I figure we could increase our blitz ratio a bit more then where we currently have it set.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 29, 2016, 03:10:03 PM
 
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That sounds like a good idea.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 29, 2016, 09:06:08 PM
Sounds good. There were a few other things that caught my eye, like the sacks we gave up and the amount of passing yards we allowed, but I think those might need another week to see if they are consistent or not. Thoughts on them?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 29, 2016, 10:14:38 PM
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Yeah, we need a larger sample size really to know if its a real problem.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 29, 2016, 10:20:00 PM
Agreed. Up next is Seattle, and I think if we keep things the same as week one, with an increased blitz ratio, I think we stand a good chance to go 2-0. Is there anything from week one you might want to change going into this week?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on December 29, 2016, 10:30:52 PM
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I agree with your vision, lets do it.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on December 30, 2016, 06:25:25 PM
Alright then I don't think there's much else to talk about. Let's get the rest of the coaches in here.

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Alright coaches, good win in week one, so let's keep the ball rolling. We are going to up the blitz a bit this time out and see how that works for us. Other than that everything is the same.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Depth Chart/Strategy Changes:
Blitz to 40%
Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 02, 2017, 03:23:04 PM
S8 WEEK 2 RESULTS

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The Media waits for your thoughts on the game, recent news about your team (if any), and what you expect from your team and coaches going forward.

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 02, 2017, 05:18:41 PM
That was a great game for us. We held the Rhinos in check, our defense played great all game and kept up pressure on the quarterback. We had contributions from everyone, from Vance to Sanderson to Steed to Milliken, our entire defense stepped up this game. Our offense was great for us as well, with Pruitt moving the ball down field, finding his receivers and keeping us ahead on the scoreboard. We had some great contributions from our kicker Hernandez as well, who kept us from having to punt the ball too many times. We might have played a little undisciplined, but that is something that might be a result of the situations more than anything.

It was great to see Vance put up that all around game and earn the player of the week honors. It is a testament to our defense as a whole, where everyone works hard together and it's not just one person each and every week. We have a bunch of talented men out there and any week it could be any of them contributing to the win.

Upcoming for us is a meeting with the DC Cobras, two time champions. This will be a tough game, as it is against anyone, but we are going to battle hard against the Cobras, and we are going to give it our all. If we stick to our game plan, we should come away with the victory this coming week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 02, 2017, 10:19:54 PM
"Any concerns that your new look offense may struggle against such a fast paced machine like the DC offense?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 02, 2017, 11:08:26 PM
I don't think that our team will struggle like some might think we will. Everyone on this team understands that the Cobras are talented and have no issue with taking it to their opponents. They play fast paced, much like we do and I think that as long as we play the way we've been playing, we stand a good chance in this game. It won't be easy, but we won't struggle.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 02, 2017, 11:22:10 PM
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Big game against the champs... I like what I see so far, and I trust our boy just as much as they trust Sasser, I think we can match them at every turn.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 03, 2017, 07:09:44 AM
I think we do too, coach. Our tweaks to the defensive pressure seemed to work against Seattle so hopefully it can at least slow down the Cobras enough to keep us in the game and allow our offense to do some damage.

They have a tough defense which will test our offense, but I think we can still get through it. One question I had for you coach, if we changed our primary receiver, would that make any difference to the game and play calling, or is that just a name tag more than anything?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 03, 2017, 11:25:29 AM
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It is supposed to be the first WR that the QB looks for on "most" plays, although it doesn't always mean a big change will occur.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 03, 2017, 12:34:09 PM
Ah ok then. I was just thinking about facing Glass and Kirk and was thinking of how to keep them from making big impacts. But that seems more something for in game management then anything else.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 03, 2017, 12:39:08 PM
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Glass and Kirk basically play sides of the field, or the #1 and #2 WR in the depth chart, the primary receiver notation is for our QB.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 03, 2017, 09:15:58 PM
I believe I'm on the came page now, coach.

The only reason I brought it up was because I thought maybe if we named someone like Grover our primary, then he would get the first look on "most" plays when he is in there, use our depth to our advantage. However, the more thought I've given it, I don't think we should mess with anything. We've played two good games and I don't see why we can't play - and win - a third with the way we've been going.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 03, 2017, 09:23:57 PM
 
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I don't think we should change anything, we're in a good groove right now.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 03, 2017, 10:45:06 PM
That's what ultimately changed my mind - I don't want to ruin the groove we're in. So we will leave things as is, and give the Cobras everything we have. We will fight their venom with our fire.

Thanks for stopping by, coach. I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley can you get Coach Barbour for me?

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Coach, just wanted to take a moment and let you know how good of a job you've done. With our new defense being implemented, you have done a good job at getting those men ready for each game and they have done a great job each time out. Kudos to you, coach. And now, we get a big test this week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 03, 2017, 10:54:06 PM
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Thanks boss, we're working hard to find a way to slow down DC, hopefully we can hold them just enough to get our offense out in front, it's going to be a wild game.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 04, 2017, 06:35:37 PM
Excellent, that's what I like to hear. And you're right, I think it's going to be a wild game as well. I won't keep you any longer, coach. I will let you return to practice and planning.

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I believe I've done everything for the week, Ashley. I know the coaches are all busy preparing for our upcoming game, so could you please send this along to them.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 12:50:06 PM
S8 WEEK 3 RESULTS

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The Media waits for your thoughts on the game, recent news about your team (if any), and your place in the standings after 3 games.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 07, 2017, 03:02:41 PM
Every week I talk about how this team wins as a team, and this week we proved it. When facing the defending two time champs, the game is going to be tough but when the whole team comes together, you pull out the win. Jose Pruitt said it best. WE won this game as a team.

Our offence went shot for shot with the Cobras. My hats off to Jose Pruitt who is playing great football right now. He found four different amazing receivers and moved the ball effectovely all game to earn the offensive player of the week honors. Our offensive line held the Cobras long enough, our running game was as great as always and we managed to outscore DC. I really can't say enough about this offence we have.

Our defence got after Crawford and caused some turnovers for us. The coaches and players had an excellent game plan for this game and showed just why our defence is so great as a team. They worked hard together and helped keep us in the game and helped us pull out the win. Steed, Webb, Brown, Vance, Lightner...from top to bottom this defence played great football for us. Everyone here earned this win.

Hernandez was perfect for us and helped us tack on those extra points.

Of course we had some injuries crop up but with the way this team plays as a unit I think we will be able to weather the storm of them and keep plugging away. They are both big parts of our team, and they will be missed while they are gone. Our offence is chugging along and I feel like we can fill the gaps we need to.

We are 3-0 and are poised to continue our winning ways. This team is exactly where I thought we would be, at the top of our division and riding a great wave of momentum.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 07:55:40 PM
"When the game went to overtime, considering how DC has played the first two weeks, did you feel like Omer Sasser was destined to get a shot to win it?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 07, 2017, 09:25:24 PM
That's a great team in DC so anytime it goes to OT, it could be game over especially with how they have won so far. However I knew that with the way our defence was playing them and how well Pruitt was playing...if we got the ball I felt we had a great chance especially with our own excellent kicker. Just so happens we got the ball in the end zone to seal the deal.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 09:29:22 PM
How does it feel being the last of the unbeatens?  Can this team go 16-0??
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 07, 2017, 09:34:15 PM
Being the last undefeated team is great, but I don't think we are worried about going 16-0. It would be nice, don't get me wrong, but we have our sights set much higher then just that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 09:41:09 PM

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What a win!  We've got the entire State believing this is OUR year!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 07, 2017, 09:46:04 PM
That was a fantastic game coach!! You and the coaching staff really had the guys ready for that game. From start to finish we were firing on all cylinders. It wasn't easy but we earned it. Awesome job coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 09:57:55 PM
 
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Thank you, I'll pass that on to the coaches.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 07, 2017, 10:06:32 PM
Excellent.

Now looking ahead, we've got Oakland coming up. I'm not making any changes outside of the injuries we sustained. Oakland is tough but our team is playing excellent football.

Obviously we will need to sign someone for depth. How would you say Hilton is at playing the guard spot? Would we be able to plug him in there and then sign a back up for our offensive line? Or is he best suited at tackle?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 10:12:49 PM
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Hilton moving to guard would be best, the free agent pool isn't very deep in starting talent.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 07, 2017, 10:26:20 PM
Having just perused the list I'd agree. Hilton should do well there I think and is probably better then our free agent options. I have my eye on a few back ups specifically at the centre spot who I hope can start all over the line just in case.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 10:37:25 PM
 
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Excellent, I'll leave you to it boss.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 07, 2017, 11:26:11 PM
Thanks coach. I will let you head back to practice and getting ready for the Next game.

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Ashley, can you send in Jose Pruitt if he's available please?

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Jose, my man, fantastic game. You moved the ball very well and managed one hell of a game against a tough opponent. I know you and I agree, the game was won by the whole teams contributions, but you definitely led the charge. You're having another great year and I just wanted to tell you you're doing an excellent job.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 07, 2017, 11:54:38 PM
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Gracias Boss, I really appreciate the support.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 08, 2017, 08:45:37 PM
You're welcome, Jose. I don't want to keep you too much longer, so I will let you get back to practice. Keep up the awesome work.

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Ashley, would I be able to speak to Steven Fernandez via phone? I know it might not be opportune given what happened, but if he's available, I would still like to speak to him following what happened this week.

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Steven, thanks for taking my call. I will keep it brief. I always hate when players get injured and your situation is no different. You've been a big part of what we've been doing here since the beginning. I wanted to take time to tell you personally what our intentions are. Given your timetable for return, we are going to be placing you on the injured reserve. I know there is the chance you could return on the shorter end of things, but a broken leg is nothing to sneeze at and we want to make sure you are 100%. I want you to focus on that part, and making sure you're ready to give the opposition a tough time next season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 08, 2017, 09:29:06 PM
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Thank you for the support. I hate missing what could be our Impact Bowl run, but I understand you need the roster space.  I'll be back on the sidelines as soon as I can walk.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 08, 2017, 09:59:29 PM
I have no doubt you will be there on the sidelines when you're able, helping out where you can. And then you will be back in there for the second of our back to back Impact Bowl runs. Thanks for taking the time to speak with me Steven, I will let you get back to healing up.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Anthony Campanelli?

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Mr. Campanelli, how are you doing? As you may have noticed, injuries are hitting the league hard and Rapid City is no exception. We are looking for some depth along our offensive line and I have my eyes on center Donald Benton. Now, like I said we would be using him as our primary back up at all three offensive line positions and would likely be re positioning him as a guard, for roster purposes. How would a 1 year deal for $250K sound to you and your client?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 08, 2017, 11:37:37 PM
YOU HAVE A DEAL
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 09, 2017, 05:29:27 PM
Great to hear, Mr. Campanelli. I'll send the paperwork in.

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Ashley, Head Coach McCarthy, please.

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Alright Coach, I made the necessary addition to give us a bit more depth. One question I had for you, do you think either Hilton or Benton would benefit from any extra practice, or should what you and the staff normally do be good enough?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 09, 2017, 05:50:29 PM
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I'll work to get them up to speed, I dont think extra practice will do too much other than wear them down.  We need them to have the stamina to last all game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 09, 2017, 08:13:06 PM
Awesome. I'm sure you will have them both ready to go. Hopefully we don't need to use Benton too much this week, but he's there in case we do.

Alright coach, that's all I had right now. Here's the lock in information for this weeks game. Let's keep the momentum going this week against Oakland!

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:
Blitz to 40%

Offensive Line Depth Chart Changes:
RT1 - Ralph Nutter, RT2 - Donald Benton
RG1 - Chris Hilton, RG2 - Donald Benton
C1 - Darrin Yost, C2 - Donald Benton
LG1 - David Gilbertson, LG2 - Donald Benton
LT1 - Kenny Johnson, LT2 - Donald Benton

Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 03:26:48 PM
S8 WEEK 4 RESULTS

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The Media waits for your thoughts on the game, recent news about your team (if any), and how you grade yourself and your team after the first quarter of the season, who has been the team's MVP, and who needs to step up most going forward?
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 05:48:35 PM
Well, that's not quite the game we had hoped for, but sometimes you run into a team riding high. Oakland made a big move and I think it sparked something in them this week. Their run game was on point and we just weren't able to stop them and keep them out of the end zone. That's what killed us in the end.

Even still, the team had a good showing throughout. We might not have the score to show for it, and we might no longer be undefeated, but I think we played much better then that final indicates. There might be a few things we need to shore up going forward, and a few tweaks here and there to really get us ready for the coming games. Of course there were some highlights of this game. Jose Pruitt and Clint Dickey continue to show amazing chemistry between them. Eric Ashworth really stepped up and Clayton Salmon has been a beast for us ever since we brought him over. So for the fact that we lost, there are positives we can take from this game.

We still sit in first in the division, which is always a positive. We might have had a little setback but I still see this team as a great team, a team capable of amazing things. This loss to Oakland won't be a recurring thing, we will come out next week and we will turn it around. This is a grade A team in my book and we've shown it this season on the field.

As for who our MVP is, well I think that's easy enough to answer. Jose Pruitt has been that guy. There's a reason he's being mentioned in the leagues MVP race and that's because he is just that. But he does things that the stats don't show. He's a true leader for this team, he moves the ball downfield well and manages a great game under center.

As for who needs to step up? I'd say Jeremy Martin. Our defense has been solid considering we implemented a new scheme, and our passing has been great. What we need is some better production from our running game in order to keep us from getting one dimensional. That's not to say that he hasn't been good, it's just that it needs to be a bit better, hold on to the ball a bit better,  for us to take that next step.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 08:08:28 PM
"Jeremy Martin has seen his yards per carry drop from 4.9 as a rookie, to 3.8 last season, and now at only 3.2 with only 1 TD.  He has not had a single rush of 20 yards or more since his rookie season either... is there cause for concern the former #1 overall pick?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 08:22:27 PM
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried. His rookie year he was on fire but ever since, he's taken steps back. He's still one hell of a talent, its just a matter of him getting back on track to where he was.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 08:30:59 PM
"If he can't get back on track, could you see yourself in the market for another running back?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 08:49:19 PM
First we have to see what's going on and how to fix it. That has to happen before anything else.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 09:04:41 PM
"Is there any chance that you would amnesty Jeremy Martin in the off-season to save on his $8MM salary?"
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 09:06:45 PM
I'd rather keep him around and try and work through things then to do that. Jeremy is a big part of this team, and we want to make sure he is playing at his best. Like I said, we have to know what's going on first. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 09:35:36 PM
 
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Not the way we wanted to close the first quarter, but 3-1 is a great start.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 09:38:41 PM
3-1 is a great start coach. We still sit atop the division and are in good position to keep pushing forward.

As long as we can put that last game behind us, learn from it and move on, we should be good. So Coach, I have to ask...what happened against Oakland?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 09:42:07 PM
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We ran into a team that was out to prove they were more of the Impact Bowl team than the 0-3 team they looked like.

Pate was sharper, their offensive line was dominant, and they made big passes when they needed them.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 09:50:39 PM
Then we saw the same thing. And their defense was doing a great job at keeping us out of the endzone. I mean, looking at the box score, we played better then the score indicates.

The plus is next time we face them we will know what we need to be ready for.

If only we could get our running game clicking a bit better.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 10:46:59 PM
 
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Losing our best Run Blocker, Fernandez makes that hard but I do have an idea of some play calling changes to make on our running downs, but it would come at the cost of giving away some of our intention.

IF we go with a more running back friendly set, a pro or i-formation on the early downs, we would have more blocking help on the field, however it would hinder our pace a bit, which throws off some of what we do.  Might be worth a try though, to see if we can gash some runs when its not 3-4 WRs blocking.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 10:58:09 PM
That might be worth trying, at least for a game or two and see if it works for us and then reevaluate. Losing Fernandez definitely hurts, I'm just hoping if we try this, Jeremy is able to find his former self out there and go on some big runs. He hasn't been himself and I'd really like for him to find his legs and run crazy.

Speaking of our offensive line, how did Hilton looking starting this week? It didn't seem like we gave up any more sacks then we have been, just the run blocking you mentioned suffered.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 11:19:31 PM
 
 
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He was a solid replacement, very good move on your part boss, good to have that type of player on the bench.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 10, 2017, 11:37:49 PM
Excellent. I hate to see one guy go down, but having a solid back up plan is a must.

The only other thing I wanted to talk with you about is Jeremy Martin. I'm trying to get an understanding for his production. Are you noticing anything different from him now then in his rookie season? Or is he just a slow starter and picks up his game as the season goes on? He managed to put up a good season last year after a slow start, but I'm just curious if you've noticed anything.

Or is it something we should watch and see how it pans out with you new play calling this week?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 10, 2017, 11:50:15 PM
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I suggested the play calling change to see if that helps him.  Talent wise he is still elite, but he's not getting big runs.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 11, 2017, 07:06:31 AM
Alright, let's do that. I will leave things in your hands for this week coach. For now I will let you get back to practice.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Coach, how's it going? I just wanted to talk to you quickly about the defense so far. I'd say they are doing pretty well so far all things considered. We got a bit torched by Oaklands running backs, but we were able to handle the backs in the first three games. Beyond that, everything else seems to be working pretty well. Anything you've seen that you're concerned about?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 11, 2017, 10:13:10 AM
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Nothing really sticks out boss.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 11, 2017, 12:23:07 PM
Awesome to hear. We've played well so I don't want to change anything. Last week seemed odd  with how many rushing yards we gave up. Was that simply a case of us going up against a team looking to prove he selves or are we still that bad against the rush?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 11, 2017, 12:25:20 PM
 
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I'd say that was the case.  They have the ability to run, especially late due to their offensive line and depth at running back, but anytime a team starts running it 40-50 times, its just wearing down the defenses stamina.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 11, 2017, 12:29:16 PM
That's what I figured. The guys have been doing a great job on defence so keep up the good work coach. Beating DC was a hell of a job. That's all I had for you so I will let you get back to practice.

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Coach Patrick McCarthy please.

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Coach how's it going. We are at the quarter point of the season, and I wanted to get your take on the offence so far.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 11, 2017, 12:35:21 PM
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  The run game has struggled, but our passing attack is the best in the league, so I can't be too upset overall.  We're dominating the sky.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 11, 2017, 12:38:49 PM
That's true, can't be too upset with leading the league passing. Pruitt is having a great year and with all his options he's making them count. As you might be aware, your father and I had discussed a way to maybe help the running game with some formation changes this week. Hopefully it doesn't come at the expense of or passing game but I'm thinking we give it a shot this week and see how it works out.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 11, 2017, 12:47:04 PM
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  The way Jose is playing right now, I don't think we can mess up his rhythm without taking away some of his targets. I think the strategy tweak could be a good move.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 11, 2017, 05:41:34 PM
Makes sense to me. I trust what the two of you do with the offense, so I know you will continue to let the passing game fly while trying to get the running game going.

Thanks for taking the time to see me, Patrick. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Philip Sanderson?

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Philip, how are you doing? I just wanted to touch base with you and get your thoughts on the season so far? How's the move to defensive end treating you?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 11, 2017, 10:49:52 PM
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Yeah man, its all good.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 11, 2017, 11:30:31 PM
Good to hear. Just wanted to check in with you. I will let you get back to practice.

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Head Coach McCarthy, please.

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Alright coach, I'm working on getting things finalized for this week. In regards to the changes, are there any specifics I need to keep in mind? Or would you rather I just left it all up to you guys and let you go with what you see fit to run?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 11, 2017, 11:38:18 PM
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I'll handle it if you just specify that I have control of the plays.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 12, 2017, 03:08:30 PM
Sounds good coach. One last question, would these tweaks change  our tempo at all? I know we've been playing at a very fast pace and just want to note if that's still the plan or not.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 12, 2017, 03:10:00 PM
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No, we'll still go with our tempo.  The only time we'll slow down is for personnel changes on the field.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 12, 2017, 08:26:58 PM
Good, good. I don't think there's anything else coach. Let's see if we can get our running game going with the changes and lets move on from that loss to Oakland by burning the Bruins. Here's the information for the week.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 14, 2017, 02:22:33 PM
S8 WEEK 5 RESULTS

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1. How did you feel about this weeks game?

2. There was a lot of news this week, what stood out to you?

3. How can you be a better GM for this team?

4. What do you think of your opponent's body of work up to this point in the season?
 
5. What do you need to do to win this week?


 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 14, 2017, 06:17:24 PM
This past week we played a great game. Our offence dominated the game and we ran all over Kansas City. Martin had the best game of his season with over one hundred yards and 2 scores but let's not forget about our defence who really made things happen for us. Even though KC won time of possession, we won the turnover battle and the sack battle. Our defence was clicking for sure. I think this game was a classic example of a whole team working together towards.

What caught my eye this week was the way that Music City/Orlando game ended. Injuries and depth chart issues are one thing, but when a team grabs the win and does so on special teams that's an impressive feat. And a tough way to lose a game in the end.

The way I can be a better GM is to make sure I'm putting the team in the best position to win. If that means adjusting things here and there to get the job done and grab the win then that is what we will have to do. Beyond that I - and the team - just have to keep doing what we are doing.

Las Vegas is not the same team that we saw last season. They are as tough as ever and playing some great football. Look how they handled their last game. GM Metro has really turned that around from a year ago. I don't know what it is but the team just seems better then they were last year.

To win this week we will have to hold off their defensive front and give Pruitt enough time to do what he has to do. They have a very good defence but if we do what we have been doing I think we will be fine. We held off DC, I think we can hold off Las Vegas as well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 14, 2017, 06:33:41 PM
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Looks like those offensive tweaks paid dividends
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 14, 2017, 06:39:51 PM
They did indeed. Our running game really excelled this week. And even though Pruitt didn't throw for as many yards he was still excellent and found those two scores for us as well through the air. It was a great game for us all over the field. Excellent job coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 14, 2017, 06:42:52 PM
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Thank you.  This week will be a challenge, Vegas is #1 in offensive yards and #2 in yards allowed... We will need to be sharp on offense to score on these guys.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 14, 2017, 09:47:38 PM
It will be tough coach. And our defence will have to be sharp to keep us in the game for us to score. It reminds me of the DC game in that way, though Vegas has been better in offensive yards and yards allowed.

Speaking of the offence, were Pruitts 18 attempts a result of the changes or how the game was unfolding?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 14, 2017, 09:58:53 PM
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We ran more on first down, but Pruitt's efficient throws reduced his numbers as well.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 14, 2017, 10:47:27 PM
That is true. And really you can't argue with his production. Not his usual volume but more accurate.

Defensively I don't think we should change anything. Offensively with Las Vegas having such a good defensive front, should we keep things the same as this past week and run a bit more?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 14, 2017, 10:49:03 PM
 
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It comes down to what you trust.  They are the #5 run defense and #6 Pass defense, we are #1 in passing this year, but 14th in rushing... do you want to test our run game or try to beat them in the air?
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 14, 2017, 11:07:10 PM
As much as our run game broke out last week when we let it free, I'd almost lean towards trying to beat them through the air. Given the fact they are good on both sets of defence, I feel like we should lean where we are strongest to have the best chance. As long as our line can give Pruitt the time to make good passes.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 14, 2017, 11:19:13 PM
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Sounds good to me.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 14, 2017, 11:32:03 PM
Awesome. Probably looking at things like they were the first four weeks, I'd assume. I will make the same notes as last week and leave the playcalling in your hands again.

I think that's all I wanted to discuss this week. I will let you head back to practice.

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James Steed please.

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James, great job so far this season. You've really become a solid part of this defence. How are you finding things in Rapid City so far?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 15, 2017, 12:04:47 AM
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Honestly didn't know I was supposed to be looking for anything, Mr. Gates.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 15, 2017, 09:56:03 AM
Fair enough, fair enough. What I meant to say was how are you feeling about the season so far?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 15, 2017, 01:30:05 PM
 
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4-1. not much not to like.  Feeling good.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 15, 2017, 08:48:23 PM
That is true, James and good to hear. I just wanted to take a moment to touch base with you and say you've been doing a great job for us this year. I look forward to watching it continue as the year goes on. I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, Coach Barbour please.

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Coach, just a quick question for you as we prepare for the week. Just wanted to get your assessment on Albert Amaya. I know he's our third cornerback, just wanted to know if he's been able to hold his own when called upon or if he's struggled in his time on the field.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 15, 2017, 09:43:33 PM
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Well it's hard to say really...  I think he's been okay though.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 15, 2017, 09:50:04 PM
Good to know. Only reason why I ask is that if he was finding it hard, we might be able to slide Faison in there when need be. I know he's a strong safety so he might not be the best option, but it might give us a bit more protection. Was just something I was thinking of going forward. But at the same time, you have these guys playing so well, I'm hesitant to mess with anything.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 15, 2017, 10:13:23 PM
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Not a bad idea if there is an injury later, but right now I think we just keep whats working on the books.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 15, 2017, 10:35:57 PM
That's the way I was leaning. Though it's good to know it's an option in event of an injury. Thanks for the quick input, I will let you get back to practice.

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Head Coach McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, time to gear up for Las Vegas. As we discussed, let's attack them a bit more through the air and really give them some troubles. I will leave the playcalling in your hands once more. Now let's go cut up some Scorpions.

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 17, 2017, 09:09:08 PM
1. Discuss your game

That was an intense game from start to finish. Las Vegas is always a tough team to play, and even tougher when they are playing well. We gave them everything we had, and they gave it right back. My hats off to our coaching staff. They got together and came up with a plan and executed it excellently. Holding one of the top receivers in the league without a catch? Fantastic. People talk about our team being an offensive powerhouse, but in doing so they overlook the defense which has been great all season and proved it again. We continue to get contributions from everyone and show that we are a team.

Our offense is the exact same way. It was great to see both Jose Pruitt and Jeremy Martin click so well at the same time. Our passing game was doing great and our rush was great as well. Everyone came ready to play against Las Vegas. Of course, I can't forget the play of Andrew Hernandez. Week in and week out he continues to show how good he is, and this time, hitting that 56 yard field goal to win us the game was amazing.

2. Discuss your next opponent

Our second game against Lincoln. The Pride always plays tough and the first meeting was no exception. They've had a somewhat rough go so far this season, but that doesn't mean they are easy pickings. We've been playing great football, and if we keep it up, the Pride will fall to us just like others have. That I am sure of.

3. Discuss what your team is not doing well

The one spot where we could probably work to improve is our run defense. We haven't been terrible at all in that regard, I just think that might be the one spot where we could maybe improve a bit. Make sure that we are able to contain the running backs and not let them get out and add up the yards. We did well in this area against Lincoln in our last meeting, so I'm sure we will see a repeat of that.

4. Discuss the one team you feel you match up worst against, currently

It's tough to say having not played all of the teams in the league. Oakland gave us problems earlier this season, so maybe that is a team that we might not match up the best against. Though, we have shown the ability to win games in a variety of different ways, and I feel as though our coaching staff has done a wonderful job at being adaptable to situations that arise during games. I'd probably be able to answer this question better if we were to have had time to face every team.

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Coach, excellent job out there this week. We got both Pruitt and Martin going at the same time which is deadly for the teams that have to face us. And that defense - stellar work. Penalties seemed to be a bit of a problem, but we battled through them to the win.

As far as next week goes, I'd like to keep the offense the same. I really like the balance between passing and rushing we saw this past week, and think Martin might have just needed that one game to shake the cobwebs out.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 17, 2017, 09:43:11 PM
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Sounds good to me.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 17, 2017, 11:31:33 PM
Excellent. What you've been doing, it's been working so we are going to stick with it. You guys have been doing a fantastic job with the play calling.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 18, 2017, 12:20:42 AM
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Thank you, we've done it as a team, and its worked very well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 18, 2017, 12:29:21 PM
It has indeed. Alright coach I will let you get back to practice.

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Jeremy Martin please.

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Jeremy how's it going? The season didn't start the way you might have wanted, but you've really put on a show the last two games. Great job against Kansas City and Las Vegas. I just wanted to check in with you, see how you were feeling so far this season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 18, 2017, 03:19:26 PM
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Feeling good, we're first place and one of the top teams in the league, that's what matters to me.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 18, 2017, 09:37:16 PM
That's great to hear, Jeremy. I won't keep you much longer, just wanted to say great job this season, and I look forward to seeing you run all over opposing defenses for the rest of the year. I'll let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you gather the coaches for me.

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Alright coaches, not going to waste too much time here. Everything seems to be clicking right now, so I don't want to do too much to spoil that. Let's keep things the same as last week when it comes to the offense - whatever you were calling worked like a charm and got Pruitt and Martin going. Now, let's go burn the Pride.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 21, 2017, 07:38:18 PM
1. What did you think of your game this week?

We played a good, solid game against a tough Lincoln team. We held their offence in check and didn't allow them to find the end zone. Our defence did a great job in that regard. We ran the ball extremely well with Martin answering the call, and the whole offence chipped in to help move the chains. All in all our team had a great game on both sides of the ball. Everyone played together to come away with this win to help us remain at the top.

2. Approaching mid-season, do you believe that you will reach out to any potential free agents about extending their contract?

I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't. There are a few guys I would like to keep in the fold here, and I'm sure those talks will be had and then we will go from there.

3. There is a rumor of an upcoming report that names several players as potential PED users, any concern that any of your players could be on the list?

I think any GM would be worried. They might have a good feeling their players are clean, but you never know 100%. I personally don't feel any of our players will be on the list.

4. What do you think of your opponent this week, and how do you see your game matching up?

This is the one I've personally had circled, as it's the game to avenge our only loss so far. Oakland is a tough team and have been a thorn in my side since I got to Rapid City. I would love to beat them and make up for our loss, show them it was a one time thing and continue forwards. And with the way we have been playing I think the guys are more then ready for this game as well.

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Coach, excellent game. They got a few points late but that's more garbage time succes for them then anything else. I like what we have going so far. Now with that said, Oakland is coming up. Is there anything we should change or tweak to make sure the outcome is different then last time?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 21, 2017, 09:33:32 PM
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I think the changes we have made since then should be enough to make sure we distance ourselves from Oakland even further in the standings. With a win, we will have at least a 3 game lead in the division, which would be huge.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 21, 2017, 09:47:57 PM
That's true the difference this week is that we have both sides of our offence  working well, the rushing and the passing. Might not be passing in the same volume but as that 53 yard touchdown showed, it's still dangerous.

The only other thing I was going to take care of this week was talking to Patrick about a new deal starting next season. Just wanted to make sure we were on the same page about bringing him back. Given what we have done since year one, I wanted to try and keep the coaching staff together.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 21, 2017, 10:03:48 PM
 
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I love working with my son, so I have no complaints there.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 21, 2017, 11:36:35 PM
Excellent. I didn't think you had an issue but wanted to double check. The three of you work so well together I'd hate to split that up.

I might check in on a few impending free agents in the coming weeks, but I don't want to distract them too much from the season, especially this week. As you said - and I agree - a three game lead is huge for us going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 21, 2017, 11:43:22 PM
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After working with you for the past few seasons now, I trust your judgement.  I'll get the boys ready so you can focus on your business.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2017, 10:22:08 PM
Thank you coach, I'm sure you and I will talk more about free agents and future plans during or after the season. I'll let you get to things, while I take care of some business.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with the Commissioner's office? Thank you.

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Good evening, Commissioner Wilkinson. I'm calling in regards to one of my players. Not long ago, he left my office after having told me that he has used some substances during his time in the league. Now, I do not have the confirmation about whether or not he used illegal substances or PEDs, but I felt like his admission of such things might have come from a guilty conscience.

I felt like this was a case I should bring to the leagues attention. Hopefully we are able to work together to figure all of this out, especially with the looming PED report on the horizon.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2017, 10:39:00 PM
 
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Who was this player, GM Gates? We would like to meet with him immediately and set up a potential interview with you at the league office in the near future as well.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2017, 10:42:50 PM
That individual was Philip Sanderson.

I would also be more then willing to meet with you at the league offices.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2017, 11:07:47 PM
 
 
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Thank you GM Gates.  We will be in touch shortly.  I would advise you to prepare to play without Mr. Sanderson, as the minimum suspension he would face would be for 2 games.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2017, 11:10:48 PM
Thank you, Mr. Wilkinson, we will do just that. Have a good evening and I look forward to hearing from you.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2017, 11:16:50 PM
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Our tests have concluded that Mr. Sanderson is in fact testing positive for PEDs, and will be suspended for two weeks effective immediately as a first time offender.

We will bring you into the league office sometime after this weeks games for an interview.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2017, 11:19:44 PM
That is unfortunate news to hear. Hopefully this suspension is an eye opener for him so that we can help keep the league clean. Thank you for your prompt response, sir.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2017, 11:36:54 PM
Have a good evening, Mr. Wilkinson.

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Ashley, could you call the coaches up to my office please.

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Well coaches, it is as I feared. Mr. Sanderson has tested positive and has been suspended two games by the league. With that now for sure, I have two questions to ask of the two of you.

First, is Roy Amador able to handle to load of being a starting DE for us? We will need someone to step up, is he the man or are we better off finding a replacement elsewhere?

Second, when it comes to Mr. Sanderson, is he someone we wish to keep on the roster, or should we move on? I'm more looking for your thoughts on this one, especially given the news that we could move on from him.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 22, 2017, 11:41:47 PM
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personally I have no respect for cheating, and he's been doing it for a while now he says... I would move on.  As for Amador, he can play, but he's going to have the same growing pains.

 
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He is a talented player, but we don't know how much of that talent was him and how much of it was the PEDs...
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 22, 2017, 11:55:15 PM
My thoughts are the same. He's talented but how much was his own talent.

I'm going to look for potential replacements but if not we will have to ride it out with Amador. Would that change anything structure wise for our defence?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2017, 12:00:55 AM
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Not really, we just started getting comfortable in the 3-4, so changing things up would be a real set back scheme-wise.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2017, 12:07:03 AM
Oh, I don't want to change things up, believe me.

I have a few feelers out on some replacements, so hopefully something can work. As I said, I don't want to change anything, would we be able to plug any DE into the 3-4 or would we need to find the correct one?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2017, 12:11:17 AM
 
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I can work anyone with talent for now, the rest of the team was built as it needed to be, so if we replace we can adapt.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2017, 07:20:46 AM
Excellent. Adapting is what is helping us out this year.

As I'm sure you guys are aware, I've dealt Sanderson to Michigan for George Gaskins. Sanderson can be a great talent assuming it's talent and not what he was using, but given our situation, I figured this move would be beneficial to us. Hopefully we can plug Gaskins in and move forward and continue on the trek we have been on since the start of the season without much more disruption.

Has the situation with Sanderson affected the locker room morale? Would the team benefit from me addressing them prior to us heading to the game?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2017, 01:40:44 PM

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This would be a good time to talk to them as a group, yes.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 23, 2017, 07:23:45 PM
Alright, I will address the entire team before our game this week. I just want to take care of a bit of business before we get going for the upcoming game. Head Coach McCarthy, Coach Barbour, thank you for coming in to see me. I will let the two of you get back to practice and getting the boys ready for Oakland. I will make my way down there shortly.

Patrick, could you hang back for a moment?

--(Once the other coaches have left)--

Patrick, I've got to say you've done a great job as the Offensive Coordinator here. I know you're in your last year of your deal, and I would love to keep you here, keep the coaching staff together. In saying that, if you're interested we can discuss a new deal that would start next season. I totally understand if you'd like to wait until the end of the season to discuss this, I just wanted to make you aware of our intentions to keep you around to help run one of the best offenses in the league.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 23, 2017, 09:45:01 PM
 
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I definitely want to stay here, unless I get a head coaching offer somewhere, so I'd like to wait until the off-season to see where things stand.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 24, 2017, 07:30:49 AM
I definitely understand, Patrick. We will revisit this conversation after the season and see whats what. For now, though, I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, could you have the team gather together for me. I want to say a few words before our game.

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Gentlemen, I know this hasn't exactly been the best week with all the suspensions, and I know the Sanderson trade was a bit unexpected. It's been a whirlwind but I think we will be better off for it. His trade was an opportunity that was presented to me that would allow our team to continue to grow together while also providing Philip with a fresh start given what has happened.

What I'm getting at is that none of you should be worried about a similar fate. When I look around at all of you, I see a team that is taking the league by storm. We've beaten the Cobras, the Scorpions, we've fought to the bitter end and we've walked all over some. We've fought hard all season, and I see a team that will continue to fight together until we are holding that Impact Bowl trophy.

So let's do our best to try and put this crazy week behind us and focus on what lies ahead. Let's focus on Oakland. On the weeks after that. On making it to the finals and winning the whole thing.

Let's show everyone in the league what it feels like to be Burnt by Sucess. Our success.

Go out there and give them hell, boys. Give them all hell.

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Head Coach McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, let's get things ready for the game. I wouldn't mind seeing us pass a bit more then we did last week, but I will once again put the playcalling in your capable hands. You've been doing a great job so far, there's no reason to stray from it. I know you will make the necessary adjustments in order to beat the Silverbacks.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Depth Chart Changes:
DE1 - George Gaskins, DE2 - Clayton Salmon, DE3 - Roy Amador

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2017, 07:28:59 AM
1. Discuss your game this week

We played a great game from start to finish. It's always good to make up for the loss they handed us earlier in the season. Both sides of the ball excelled this week and really worked together to help us take that win. Oakland held time of possession, but we were able to get stops when it mattered most and hold them from doing too much damage, limiting them to their three touchdowns and holding them off the board in the last quarter. Our offense made the most of their opportunities with the ball, whether it was a touchdown or a field goal, and a lot of that was likely thanks in part to our defense causing some turnovers to give us better field position and timely stops. The guys played well as a team and were prepared for what Oakland had to throw at us. Credit to the coaching staff for having these guys ready for the tough test Oakland always presents.

2. Discuss your team's standing at mid-season vs. the expectations you and your owner had at the start of the season.

Sitting first in the division and conference is a great place to be, and is where I thought this team would be sitting at this time. I knew what this team was capable of at the start of the season and I haven't seen anything that has me rethinking that. I know our owner had the same thoughts coming into the season and based on his expectations of us, we are right where we want to be at mid season.

3. Discuss the recent suspensions, Steven Crawford's potential retirement, and other PED related stories from the past week.

There were definitely a fair number of suspensions handed out which is slightly disappointing to see. After everything that happened with Cotter the first time around, I suspected the league would crack down a bit more. Or maybe they have but they just haven't been able to test everyone yet or at the wrong times, or what ever the case may be. I just know that seeing all the suspensions in a one week span was shocking and a bit disappointing.

As for Steven Crawford's potential retirement, I guess he has to do what he has to do. I don't know too much about the specifics of what is going on to make any real comments about it.

4. Discuss your realistic goals for the last half of the season.

I don't see why the last half of the season wont be like the first half of the season. We have a talented team that is playing together and working hard as a team to get the job done. I don't see why we can't have just as much success in the second half of the season that we did in the first half.

5. Talk a little bit about your opponent this week, and how you feel you match up.

This week we welcome in the St. Paul Lynx who are the type of team that could cause problems for some teams. A lot of other teams might sleep on them, and that is when they strike and surprise. They have some weapons on offense and defense and can really make some noise. We are going to prepare for them like we would any other team and make sure we are ready for anything that comes our way in this game.

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Coach, excellent result there. Getting that win over Oakland was huge and keeps us three games ahead of the next team in the division. Loved what I saw from the team on both sides of the ball out there, coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2017, 05:11:45 PM
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It was fantastic.  We played a great game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2017, 05:45:02 PM
We did indeed. It was great to see, especially given how the game went earlier in the season. I'm loving what we have going with our running game lately and Pruitt is still slinging the rock to move the chains.

Not much to really talk about in regards to that game, coach. It was just excellent all over. Up next we have St. Paul. I think we will be able to take the win if we play like we have been lately. I think our defense will cause problems for them.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2017, 06:03:15 PM
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I agree, and their defense has given up a lot of chunk yardage in both the run and the pass, so I think we can really make an example out of them, if we play our game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2017, 06:33:23 PM
Exactly. And I don't see any reason to change up what we've been doing. We've been playing very well lately. Should roll with whats working.

I don't think I have anything else to go over this week, coach. We're doing well just got to keep powering along. If you don't have anything else you'd like to go over, I will probably talk with some of our impending free agents, see what's what in the future.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2017, 07:09:54 PM
 
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Sounds good, I'll see you on game day.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2017, 07:44:33 PM
See you then, coach.

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Ashley, can you send up George Gaskins for me?

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George, I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you here to Rapid City. I know it's only been one game, but you did a good job on somewhat short notice. I can't wait to see what you do as part of our defense for the rest of the season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2017, 07:59:14 PM
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Thanks GM Gates, I hear good things about this place, and so far it's been SUPER HOT FIRE!!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2017, 08:24:40 PM
Super hot fire, indeed. Glad to have you on board, George. I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, if he's available, can you send Aaron Milliken in please?

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Aaron, how are you doing? Great job this past game with that pick 6. You've had a good season so far as a key member of our defensive coverage. How are you finding things here in Rapid City overall?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2017, 08:34:41 PM
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I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for anything boss, I'll get right on it though.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 26, 2017, 08:52:17 PM
No need to go looking for anything, Aaron. Just keep up the good work out there on the field. You've  been doing a great job so far this season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 26, 2017, 09:03:25 PM
 
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Thanks boss, enjoying what we've built here so far.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 27, 2017, 10:48:58 PM
I'm enjoying it too, Aaron. And you're a big part of that. I will let you head back to practice now. Im sure we will speak again at the end of the season about a new contract.

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Ashley, can you send up Head Coach McCarthy please?

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Alright coach, I think that's all for this week. Let's keep the good times rolling and come away from this week with a big win. Not going to change up anything from last week, aside from slotting David King back into the depth chart. Let's torch the Lynx.

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Depth Chart Changes:
DE1 - George Gaskins, DE2 - Clayton Salmon, DE3 - Roy Amador
Center1 - Darrin Yost, Center2 - David King

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 31, 2017, 08:46:52 PM
1. What did you think of this weeks game?  What went right, what went wrong?

It was a tight one, that's for sure. It's like I said last week, St. Paul is that team that can cause problems, and they almost did that for us. Luckily we managed to come away with the win after that dropped pass. Our defense really stepped up to keep the Lynx from getting ahead throughout the game. Salmon and Gaskins have really become a great tandem and our corners made some timely interceptions as well. Our offense was also effective, with Martin moving the ball well and Ashworth's clutch catches moving the chains and scoring that touchdown for us. It wasn't a perfect win, but we managed to stay atop the division and atop the conference.

2. What did you think of the Turpin Report, what stood out to you the most?

What stood out to me is that it was not just a list of names tacked to a bulletin board somewhere. There was some backing to it, it was in depth, and while it might not be as complete as some would like, it is still a step in the right direction. There will need to be more information to get a full handle on the situation, such as the exact involvement of some of the players named.

3. What consequences do you believe should come from the Turpin Report?

I hope that this report brings about more discussion about the use of PED's and other such drugs, and perhaps more can be done to further prevent them. As for what should happen to the people named, as I said earlier, more will need to be done to figure out specifics and once that happens, then the correct punishments and consequences can be handed out.

4. Talk us through this coming week...

This week it's a division battle as we take on Kansas City. They've been playing well lately, and might be considered a surprise to some, but they are a team we can take care of if we play the same type of football we have been playing. We've been playing really well on all sides of the ball, and I know these guys will be ready to play.

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Well coach, that was a tight one. We managed to hang on for the win, but it was closer then I would have hoped. Still, the win keeps us at the top so that's always a good thing.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 31, 2017, 09:14:57 PM
 
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St. Paul is surprisingly talented, they are a team on the rise, so I don't see a lot of shame in that close contest.  Those games make us better.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 31, 2017, 09:24:51 PM
That's a good point, coach. They are indeed talented. We got the win though, and at the end of the day that's what matters. We played well as a team and won that game together.

Now we turn our attention to Kansas City. Another team on the rise with some weapons on both sides of the ball. even still, I think it's a game we can win given how you and the staff have these guys playing.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 31, 2017, 09:46:10 PM
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I think we'll be able to handle business just fine against KC this week, they have some weapons, especially that rookie WR of theirs, but overall I don't think they can stop us on defense.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on January 31, 2017, 10:11:31 PM
I agree with that assessment, coach. Not really too much more to say about it, really. I will leave things the same as they have been recently.

Anything about the team that you want to discuss? I know we are 8-1, but just wanted to know if there was anything you think we might need to work on going forward. There's always room for improvement.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on January 31, 2017, 10:40:01 PM
 
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We just need to execute and play our game.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 01, 2017, 05:30:00 PM
And if we do that, we will win the game.

That's all I've got for you this week coach. I will let you get back to practice.

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Coach Barbour please.

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Well coach, halfway through the season and I think the guys have really taken to this 3-4 system. I wanted to pick your brain a bit, if you wouldn't mind. If you can, what's your take on the defense as a whole so far, and do you feel we need to address any certain positions, either in the off season or in this final week of trading before the deadline.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 01, 2017, 05:39:43 PM
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I don't think we need to make moves right now to address these issues, but I would like to see us pursue a better Strong Safety also do one of the following.

...either move Gaskins to OLB to rush the passer and find a 300+ lbs DE or DT to convert to DE to play the front, or find a pass rushing OLB, either way we need to add a player on the front seven.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 01, 2017, 05:48:47 PM
Noted coach and much appreciated. I will see what I can do. I'm hesitant to make moves now with the way we have been playing, but I will keep my ears open. If I don't add someone to the front seven in season, it will be a priority in the off season. I've got a few names in mind both for the draft and free agency.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 01, 2017, 07:24:31 PM
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Yeah, like I said, I dont think we need to make a move now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 02, 2017, 07:06:52 AM
Oh, of course. It does give me some food for thought for the off season.

Is there anything else about the team you'd like to discuss before you head back to practice?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 02, 2017, 11:30:22 AM
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No sir, I think I'm good.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 02, 2017, 10:31:52 PM
Alright then coach, I will let you head back to practice.

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Ashley can you get me in touch with David Ames? Just want to speak to him quickly.

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David, thanks for taking my call. I know it's late in the season, but I wanted to touch base with you about your client, James Steed. I just wanted to express my interest in re-signing him here in Rapid City. I figure the two of you would want to wait until the end of the season to talk specifics - otherwise we can talk now - but just wanted to say that he has not gone unnoticed and we would love to have him back here for the foreseeable future.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 02, 2017, 11:37:04 PM
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We would re-sign right now for a 3 year extension at $10MM per season GM Gates.  No PR needed.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2017, 07:24:13 AM
Would we be able to have this extension starting season 9?

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 03, 2017, 09:33:28 AM

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[ That is exactly what I was inferring. We aren't asking for more money this season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 03, 2017, 05:32:31 PM
That's what I thought, just wanted to double check. Anyways, you've got a deal, David. Pleasure doing business with you and glad to have James re-signed.

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Ashley, Head Coach McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, not going to change up too much this week. It's a big game, as it always is, but I know you and the staff will have the team ready to fight hard and keep rolling along. I will once more leave things in your hands as far as the playcalling goes. Let's go smoke out some bears.

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 05, 2017, 05:46:35 PM

1. What was the key to victory this week?

Just like Jose said, it was a total team effort. This team is able to beat teams in multiple ways and on a week where Jeremy Martin wasn't available and Dickey had a quiet game, we were still able to find receivers to score us touchdowns. Our running game was efficient and our defence and special teams were great as it has been a lot this season. On defence we had contributions from everyone, we were all over the ball. It was a great game for us this week. I loved what I saw out there.

2. There are 6 games remaining this season, despite the standings, where do you feel your team stands right now?

We are in a great spot right now. This team is clicking and everyone is playing at a high level. Everyone is contributing and we are in a good spot in the standings. We just have to keep playing the way we have.

3. What stood out to you in the news this week?

David Bruce punching GM Franchise definitely stood out. I don't know what he thought would happen, but I guess it's a lesson learned for Franchise. Hopefully more then a suspension is handed out to him, but who knows what's going to happen with that.

4. How important is this weeks game, and what do you want to see when you look at the stat sheet after the game?

Every game is important, and we treat it as such. We have goals in mind and to achieve them we have to be on top of our game and playing hard each time. As for what I'd like to see in the stat sheet, the win and no injuries are the real important things. Beyond that anything else is gravy.

5. How safe do you feel currently when it comes to job security?

I definitely feel safe with my job given what we have been able to do here in Rapid City.

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Another great game coach. Was great to see Grover and Brown explode the way they did. And another game closer to clinching the division. Great job.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 06, 2017, 01:20:13 AM
 
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We are feeling great as a team, morale is at an all-time high and we are focused on making each game an example of our ability.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 06, 2017, 05:36:35 PM
That's what I love to hear. Its noticeable on the field where the team is playing as a unit to get the job done. If we keep that up this week, Long Beach won't be a problem for us.

And having Jeremy Martin back for us will be another boost to these guys.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 06, 2017, 05:37:54 PM
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Absolutely.  I don't see a lot of work to be done this week on our end. 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 06, 2017, 11:28:05 PM
I don't either coach. In fact, I don't want to take too much time away from things this week. I want to keep them rolling with what we've been doing. They're playing well, so let's go ahead and get things ready. Here's the information, coach.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 08, 2017, 07:25:08 AM
1. What was the key to victory this week?

We played the same game we've been playing all season and it showed in the final outcome. Our offense moved the ball extremely well, our defense held the Mermen out of the endzone and our special teams was on point with a return touchdown and Hernandez hitting 5 field goals and 6 extra points. Our entire team contributed to the victory, which has been our key all season. This was a fantastic game and it shows just how dangerous our team can be.

2. Which statement is more true?  We are better than our record or We have over achieved?

If I can only choose one of those statements, it would be that we are better than our record. Sure, we are 10-1, but I feel we are a few bounces away from being 11-0, and we showed that possibility the second time we faced Oakland. But being 10-1 is no surprise to me. Coming into the season I knew this team had the talent throughout to play great football and win a lot of games, which is what we've been doing.

3. What stood out to you in the news this week?

The sale of Long Beach caught my eye. My first season in the league was the one following Long Beach's championship, but since then they haven't seemed to find any consistency and have been floundering in the standings. Sometimes a change is needed, even if that change is way up at the top of the food chain, and maybe Sir Arthur Curry realizes that.

4. Speak about anything else you would like to, as it relates to the league...

The PED situation continues to surround the league. With New Jersey conducting their tests and Tombstone about to do the same, it seems that things are heating up between some GMs and the HIFLPA. We also saw the first suspension when it comes to the Turpin report, and who knows how many more will come from that.

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Outstanding job coach. The team really played well this week and we definitely used this game to showcase our ability to the rest of the league. It was great to see them not let up, even towards the end.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 08, 2017, 09:13:01 AM
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There is no let up in this team.  I truly believe we are proving that this is our year to win it all.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 08, 2017, 10:10:55 AM
I believe that to be the case too coach. We are just clicking everywhere right now. Everyone's getting involved.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 08, 2017, 10:31:17 AM
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Jose will never say it out loud, but I know that he is excited. If he can average around 2 TDs per game from here on out he has a shot at breaking the record Trevor Jose set last year for most TDs in a single season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 08, 2017, 12:21:36 PM
I would love for him to break that record. Part of me wants to tweak things to allow him to connect for more touchdowns but I know I shouldn't mess with what we've got going. Jose has been a true team player since day one and him breaking that record this year would be fantastic.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 08, 2017, 12:25:17 PM
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It definitely would, we've got a special team this year.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 08, 2017, 12:30:22 PM
We really do coach, which might make for some tough decisions in the off season.

One player I wanted to ask you about was Harry Fletcher. I know he's only had limited time this season in games, but how is he looking in those chances and in practices?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 08, 2017, 12:44:19 PM
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He seems decent. Not the hardest worker oth there, but he is a very accurate passer.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 08, 2017, 06:10:23 PM
Well in any case he seems like a competent back up option for now. I'm sure we will discuss more players in the off season.

Anything else you wanted to speak about in regards to the team?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 08, 2017, 08:11:17 PM
 
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Nope, I feel like we're clicking on all cylinders, we don't need to tweak anything.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 08, 2017, 11:51:11 PM
Couldn't agree more. I will let you get to practice then.

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Ashley, can you send Andrew Hernandez up to my office please?

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Andrew, hell of a game this past week. 5 field goals and you hit all of the extra points. You're having another great season and I just wanted to let you know that. Great job this past week and this season as a whole.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 08, 2017, 11:53:09 PM
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Thank you jefe.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 09, 2017, 07:05:46 AM
You're welcome, Andrew. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for the rest of the season. Keep up the great work. I will let you head back to practice.

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Ashley, I think that's everything for the week. Can you send the following along to the coaching staff for me?

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 10, 2017, 06:11:27 PM
1. What was the key to victory this week?

We played our style of game and we played as a complete team. There wasn't much pressure on us from their defense, and we took advantage of that and moved the ball expertly. Jeremy Martin had a hell of a game, scoring those seven touchdowns, something we may not see on the field again. That was something special to witness. Jose Pruitt moved the ball effectively to get us in those situations and our defense once again rallied together and stuffed any hope Seattle had at getting something going. We were on fire on both sides of the ball and kept the pressure up on their team. This team is playing at a high level, and it is fantastic to be apart of it each and every week.

2. As we enter the final quarter of the season what is the biggest threat to success for your team?

I think our biggest threat would be ourselves and injuries. When I say ourselves, I more so mean that we can't get too far ahead of ourselves. We have to keep playing each game the way we have been and we will do great things. And that's what we've been doing all season. We have already clinched the division, so now it's just battling for the conference and then into the playoffs. I know these guys can do it.

3. What stood out to you in the news this week?

Carl Thigpen's injury. You never like to see something like that, and having it happen to us last year, we are very familiar with how it affects the team and the feeling you have when seeing it happen. I don't wish that kind of thing on anyone. I hope he is able to make a full recovery from this injury.

4. Speak about anything else you would like to, as it relates to the league...

John Spurgeon's potential retirement caught me by surprise. It would be a shock if he followed through with it. The entire PED situation has made things a bit more unpredictable then they once were, adding another layer to everything. Hopefully we, as a league, are able to come out of it all on the other side better off.

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Coach...Wow. That was quite the performance by Jeremy Martin and the offense. Crazy to watch him score seven toughdowns! I know Martin gets the credit for all the scores, but Pruitt was doing his job to get us into those positions. Fantastic stuff all around.

I was equally impressed by our defense. No touchdowns allowed in two straight games, and as has been the theme, they kept plugging along all game. They've really been a unit on the rise since the beginning of the season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 10, 2017, 11:24:24 PM

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That was a perfect game.  We were really doing everything right.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 10, 2017, 11:50:27 PM
We really were and we have been for the past few games. Everything's coming together at the right time. We have the division all locked up with four weeks to spare. Congratulations on that feat, coach.

Next up is Tulsa. I'm not worried about our offence versus their defence, but their offence has the ability to shock some. I know we have been playing well, so this question might seem redundant, but is their anything to worry about with their offence?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 11, 2017, 12:15:12 AM
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No.  I think GM Franchise telling the media that the games AFTER This week are the ones they have a chance to win, insured that his team gives up and throws in the towel.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 11, 2017, 08:18:30 AM
Well then, that should work well. Hopefully our guys don't see it that way and continue to play Tulsa tough.

I don't have anything else to discuss, so I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, can you send up Jeremy Martin, please?

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Jeremy...wow! That was quite the performance against Seattle. Seven touchdowns? You were a beast out there! Loved what I saw and loved how you've been playing.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 11, 2017, 12:05:25 PM
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Thanks boss!  It was crazy, I was running out of Touchdown dances!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 11, 2017, 11:11:05 PM
I can believe it! You were scoring at will out there! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do this season from here on out. For now I will let you get back to practice.

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Ashley, Head Coach McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, let's get to it. No changes from last week. Let's go scorch Tulsa.

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 13, 2017, 07:18:39 PM
1. What was the key to victory this week?

Everyone contributed. Everyone touched the ball and helped us towards this victory. Whether it was Pruitt throwing the ball, Martin running the ball, Dickey, Brown and Ashworth making some great catches for us, or our defense for continuing to keep the pressure up and play sound football. No matter where you looked on the field, there was a member of the Inferno making a play. And as much as our offense gets a lot of credit, our defense should get just as much. They've done a great job at holding teams at bay and allowing us the opportunity to score points. When everyone is contributing and working together, the sky is the limit.

2. What is your take on the fallout from the Appeals Hearing this week?

What GM Powers did has got to be the headline of the Appeals Hearing. Just when you thought the suspensions would stick and GM Kirk would have a mess on his hands, the revelation happens and it turns out Powers is the one in a mess. It was all a bit crazy this past week. Of course, none of it would have happened if Kirk didn't open this can of worms in the first place.

3. What else stood out to you in the news this week?

It's got to be Justin taking the job in Tombstone. There were a lot of rumors about who might take that position, and I think in the end they got a good man for the job. Hopefully he is able to turn things around there and, after having the experience in the league from Music City, he's more knowledgeable about the HIFL in general.

4. Speak about anything else you would like to, as it relates to the league...

The playoff races are really heating up around the league. 3 of the 4 are spoken for in the west already, but that 4th has so many teams in the thick that these last three weeks will be key. And the East is still anyone's ball game, really.

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Coach, another excellent game out there. We played great offense, great defense, kept the penalties down. Just another example of this team making a statement whenever they take the field. Love what I'm seeing out there.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 13, 2017, 08:16:14 PM
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We are definitely peaking at the right time.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 13, 2017, 11:20:36 PM
We definitely are coach. We've been getting better all season and everyone's getting involved. Fantastic.

We've got San Antonio coming up, and I think we can keep the train rolling if we keep playing the way we have been. They've got some talent on their roster, but nothing we can't overcome.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 13, 2017, 11:48:52 PM
 
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Agreed, we are getting close to clinching the entire conference, lets get it done.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 14, 2017, 05:48:17 PM
I agree coach. Let's get it done.

I won't take up any more time from the team. I'm sure everyone is hungry to get out there and get that win. So let's go out there and take down those Knights.

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Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy and Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decisions

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 15, 2017, 09:58:19 PM
MEDIA QUESTIONS

1. Talk about this last week's game.

2. Clearly the injury to Jose Pruitt is concerning, even if healthy, is there any chance he returns to the field before the playoffs begin?

3. Talk about anything else you would like to discuss...
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 15, 2017, 10:19:49 PM
1. Talk about this last week's game.

That was a tough one. San Antonio has a tough defense and they showed it in this game. They got to our quarterback and into our backfield many times and helped put a wrench in our game plan. Losing Pruitt to injury also didn't help. There were some bright spots for our team, though, and there were a lot of contributions from guys on both offense and defense to try and make that comeback work. But this is only one loss, it's not the end of the road. There's still the conference to fight for, and I know these guys are going to fight for it every quarter.

2. Clearly the injury to Jose Pruitt is concerning, even if healthy, is there any chance he returns to the field before the playoffs begin?

We will most likely take it week by week and see how he's feeling. The important thing is to make sure he's as close to if not definitely 100% for the playoffs. Jose has been a big part of what we've done this season, and we want to make sure he is healthy.

3. Talk about anything else you would like to discuss...

The North Eastern division is getting crazy. I wouldn't have guessed the Lynx would have that in them, but sure enough they have a shot at something no one saw coming.

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Well, coach, our biggest fear came true, though hopefully it's not too bad. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking Pruitt sits out until the playoffs, heals up, and comes out slinging fire. I know we're still fighting for the conference, but I think I'd rather a healthier Pruitt to take us to the Impact Bowl then risking him to win the conference.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 15, 2017, 10:48:40 PM
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I agree.  We can't win the Impact Bowl without him, and all we have a playoff spot reserved already.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 15, 2017, 10:53:13 PM
Excellent. Glad we are on the same page.

Other then the Pruitt injury, what went wrong in that game? Was Fletcher just outmatched by their defence and unable to get anything going?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 15, 2017, 11:48:00 PM
 
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Pruitt's two fumbles really hurt, the first one lead to them moving down the field for a touchdown, and then the last one came on his injury.  Mitchell had just missed a 52 yard FG with :28 seconds to play in the half, he took off to run and got hit, lost the ball and that let them go right back and kick the 56 yarder right away.

After that, Fletcher just struggled on the later downs for the most part, but San Antonio got a lot of pressure on us all day.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 16, 2017, 06:11:13 AM
That definitely hurt us. Hopefully Fletcher is able to have somewhat better success starting the game then coming in halfway. I'm going to sign a third quarterback for depth purposes, but will likely give the starts to Fletcher since he's been here since week one.

With that in mind, are there any changes we need to make to our game plan?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 16, 2017, 11:16:50 AM
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I am kind of torn, part of me thinks we need to slow our tempo down this week due to having inexperience at QB... but that is also our identity.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 16, 2017, 12:20:02 PM
It could be worth a shot but I understand why you're torn. If he has looked uncomfortable with the tempo when he's gone into games in relief we might want to look at changing it. Not all the way but maybe a touch.

Would it also be a better idea to run a bit more, give our backs a bit more work load?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 16, 2017, 12:43:26 PM
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I believe we should, yes.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 16, 2017, 12:47:09 PM
Excellent. I will leave the exact run increase to you on the sheet unless you rather I did it. As for tempo, is there much difference between fast and the very fast we usually run? Just wondering if we dialled it back to fast if that would make things a bit easier for Fletcher while not taking away our identity entirely.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 16, 2017, 01:07:37 PM
 
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Absolutely, that is what I was thinking, just a step down to Fast tempo.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 16, 2017, 05:22:51 PM
Glad we are on the same page coach. That's all I have for you now, so I will let you head back to practice and get our guys ready.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with James T. Crain?

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Mr. Crain, how's it going? I am interested in signing some depth at the quarterback position and have my eye on your client Mario Estrada. I believe he is still available and healthy after being released from San Antonio earlier this season. And if he is, I would like to sign him for the remainder of the season for $250K to be a back up and third string option for us.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 17, 2017, 12:23:05 AM
 
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You got a deal.    
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 17, 2017, 07:09:51 AM
Excellent. Pleasure as always.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Drew Leventhal and send Jerry Weatherford up please?

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Drew, Jerry, thanks for taking the time for this meeting. Unfortunately it's not with good news that I call it. Unfortunately we are going to have to cut Jerry in order to make room for some depth due to some injuries. However, if you two are open to it, I would love to keep Jerry on board on our practice squad. Keeps you with the team and in the organization.

My plan would be to cut Jerry and pay him $500K to cover what we would owe this year and next for cutting him, and then re-sign him to the practice squad for $250K for the rest of the year. What do the two of you say?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 17, 2017, 01:51:07 PM
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Let's do it.    
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 17, 2017, 05:31:40 PM
Fantastic. Glad we could keep Jerry in the fold.

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Ashley, can you get me in touch with Jose Pruitt?

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Jose, tough break, man. You've been the driving force for this team all season and a professional leader as well. It sucks to see you hurting and not at the usual 100%. And with us having already clinched a playoff spot, we are going to sit you down the last two games and let you heal up. We need you to be as close to 100% in the playoffs. I just wanted to let you know ahead of time so there were no surprises.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 17, 2017, 05:40:27 PM
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That's fine boss, thanks for looking out for me.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 17, 2017, 05:46:10 PM
You're welcome, Jose. I'll let you head out now so you can rest up.

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Ashley, Harry Fletcher please.

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Harry, how's it going? You might already know based on practices, but I wanted to tell you face to face that we are going to be starting you these last few games. So just go out there and be you, Harry. Play your game and everything will fall into place.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 17, 2017, 05:58:11 PM
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Awesome.  I'll try to show why I'm on the roster.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 17, 2017, 06:25:46 PM
I have no doubt that you will do just that. I will let you go and get ready.

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Ashley, the coaches please.

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Alright coaches, I've made some roster moves to help us out while Pruitt rests. Brought in Mario Estrada to serve as our back up QB, and ended up releasing Jerry Weatherford and then re-signing him to practice squad, just in case.

I figure, if we need a 4th CB, we might as well go with what we discussed way back and roll out Faison in that spot. Otherwise, things will stay the same. Let's keep this team going in the right direction.

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Depth Chart Changes:
QB1 - Harry Fletcher, QB2 - Mario Estrada
Jose Pruitt to sit out (rest)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 18, 2017, 01:06:21 PM
We played a hard fought game against a tough opponent in Music City. Thanks in large part to Andrew Hernandez we managed to stay ahead of the Kings and then put it away with Fletcher's touchdown. Fletcher played a great game in his first start, managed the ball well and led us into scoring positions. Our defence held their offence well and didn't give up throughout the game.

We also managed to clinch the west and best record  which is a great accomplishment for this franchise. Hats off to the coaching staff and the entire team for their hard work. But we aren't done yet.

This week we face Tombstone in what should be a great game and potential preview. Our guys will be ready for everything and playing hard as we get ready for the playoffs.

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Coach, excellent job! Clinching the conference is a great feat! Congratulations to you and the staff! Fletcher looked good out there this week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 18, 2017, 01:09:10 PM
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I was pleasantly surprised by his play, he definitely showed some good skills and a head for the game.  This week will be tough as well though, but luckily for us, it doesn't "really" matter, we know we're at home vs. San Antonio next week.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 18, 2017, 03:12:35 PM
That he did. He looked like a nice option.

Now the main question this week coach. Do we sit anyone to rest up for the playoffs?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 18, 2017, 08:14:26 PM
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I will leave that up to you boss.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 18, 2017, 10:01:04 PM
Fair enough coach.

The only change I was thinking of was to go with a running back by committee for the week, make sure none of them are going to get really worn down before the playoffs.. At the same time, I kind of want to give Jeremy all the chances to break the record. Would one week of committee really do much to keep them healthy?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 18, 2017, 10:07:48 PM
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Reduces the time they are on the field, but they could get injured at anytime... if we want J-Mart to break the record, lets let him play.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 18, 2017, 10:32:21 PM
Let's keep things the way they've been. Let's end the season on a high note and roll into the playoffs strong.

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Depth Chart Changes:
QB1 - Harry Fletcher, QB2 - Mario Estrada
Jose Pruitt to sit out (rest)

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 19, 2017, 02:03:57 PM
WEEK 16 MEDIA QUESTIONS


1. It is playoff time, how does it feel to be the number one team in the league?

2. Can anyone stop this offense?

3. Who is the biggest threat to stopping an Inferno Impact Bowl Victory?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 19, 2017, 04:56:31 PM

1. It is playoff time, how does it feel to be the number one team in the league?

It feels good especially given how young this franchise is. However it would feel even nicer with an Impact Bowl victory to go along with it. We have played great football all year and there is still a bit more work to do this season.

2. Can anyone stop this offence?

With the way we have been playing, it's tough. We hold losses to two of the other three teams in our conference as far as playoffs go, but both had different circumstances that didn't have us at our best. If we are firing on all cylinders, no one will stop us.

3. Who is the biggest threat to stopping an Inferno Impact Bowl Victory?

I've said it all season, if we play as a team we have a good chance of success. So I guess the answer here is ourselves. If we were to lose sight of what we are after, we might trip up, but I know those guys in the room and they all have their eyes set on something bigger.

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Coach that was a great game. We might have lost but to play that well without our top Quarterback and nearly win gives me a good feeling if we meet Tombstone in the next round. But we have to get there first and have to get by San Antonio. Pruitt looks healthy so I guess the only thing we have to worry about is keeping him in there all game. We do that I think we are good.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 19, 2017, 08:29:52 PM
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I agree... also I think Harry showed some real arm talent this week, I wouldn't be surprised if we got some calls about him.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 19, 2017, 08:35:25 PM
That he did. He definitely showed us what he is capable of which is great to see. Really proud of what he was able to do for us these two weeks.

I don't think there's anything to really go over. Not many changes we can make to our line and everything else has been humming along nicely. I think it's just time to knock the Knights out.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 19, 2017, 08:37:35 PM
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Flame on.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 19, 2017, 08:38:54 PM
Do you feel a speech is in order are the guys amped up enough as is?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 19, 2017, 08:44:26 PM
 
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That is at your discretion, we're #1 so morale is solid, but if you want to give them some words, feel free.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 19, 2017, 10:46:16 PM
Let's gather the team for a quick word, coach. Nothing too crazy.

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Gentleman, at the beginning of the season, I said that we could achieve whatever we set our minds on achieving. Throughout this season, we did just that. We wanted the division, and we took it. We wanted the conference, and we took that too. All that is left, is taking that Impact Bowl, and I know we can do that. That road starts this week, and if we keep playing the way we have been, I don't see why we can't burn through the competition. We've been a powerhouse from start the finish, and now we get to show what it was all for.

In the words of Head Coach McCarthy, 'Flame On' on three!

1...

2...

3!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 19, 2017, 11:43:55 PM
FLAME ON!!!!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 19, 2017, 11:57:36 PM
Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Depth Chart Changes:
QB1 - Jose Pruitt, QB2 - Harry Fletcher, QB3 - Mario Estrada

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 21, 2017, 12:30:25 PM

1. How does it feel to move on to the Conference Championship round of the playoffs?

It feels great. We have been playing all season to go deep into the playoffs and we have taken another step closer to the finals. There is still more work to do to get there, but we are prepared for it.

2. What was the turning point in your game this week?

We stuck to our game plan and it allowed us to build momentum on offence. We didn't stray from our usual game play and that allowed us to get and hold the lead.

3. Who deserves the most recognition for the win?

The entire team does. Martin ran the ball extremely well, the offensive line gave us the time to do so and they held the Knights defence at bay. Our defence kept them from gaining any momentum. I've said it all season we play as a team and we win as a team. Martin made the big splash but everyone contributed.

4. What are your thoughts on your match up this week?

Las Vegas is a tough team to beat but if we can play similarly to last week, we should be good especially if we can replicate our shut down defence from earlier this season. It will be a tough game but that's what these guys like. They like the tough games.

5. What is it going to take to make it to the Impact Bowl?

We have to keep playing our game and keep ourselves focused on what lies ahead. As long as we stick to our game plan, we will get there just fine.

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Coach, excellent game. Even got to see some extra Fletcher at the end. We are firing on all cylinders right now.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 21, 2017, 12:55:23 PM
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Yes!  Yes we are!  Feels great, but we have a very good Vegas team coming in so we have to focus and be ready for them and whatever they bring to the table.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 21, 2017, 03:02:49 PM
That we do coach and they are going to throw everything at us. But if we play them the same way that we've been playing lately we should be able to get past them. We just have to stay focused on the game and not get ahead of ourselves.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 21, 2017, 03:34:46 PM
 
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I agree.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 21, 2017, 05:27:56 PM
Fantastic.

I think we are good to go, unless you had anything else to add. I don't think the team needs a speech - I will save that for when we make it to the championship round.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 21, 2017, 06:51:18 PM
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Alright, that works.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 21, 2017, 11:11:55 PM
These guys know what's at stake. They've been battling for it all season.

In any case, let's get to it. Let's keep the guys playing at a high level, and let's scorch some scorpions!

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Depth Chart Changes:
QB1 - Jose Pruitt, QB2 - Harry Fletcher, QB3 - Mario Estrada

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 22, 2017, 07:47:16 PM
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1. Discuss your game and your thought process from the start to the finish.

2. What did you think of Las Vegas' strategy change, coming out throwing and changing their main target?

3. What is the key to beating this New Jersey team?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 22, 2017, 09:00:00 PM
1. Discuss your game and your thought process from the start to the finish.

What a game. It had everything you could want in a conference game. It had excitment throughout and it's the type of game you like to play at home. With that home crowd backing you, it gives you that little extra to stuff a run or make a catch.

At the beginning, I felt good. Even with their changes and with us having to adapt to it, I still felt like this team could do just that. We've done it all year. And after Luis Brown's pick six, I felt even better because we took the lead and it was a lead that we wouldn't relinquish in the first half. During the second half, I was on the edge of my seat, but still felt good. There were moments where that became nervousness, especially after their late touchdown in the third and the safety on Pruitt, but I never lost faith in the team, I never gave up on them. And sure enough, they battled back with another huge interception, and then some great plays to take the lead and hold them from scoring.

I've got to say the entire team really played some fantastic football out there. The defense continues to work hard and make stops at the right times, and our offense did what it's done all season, and that is steady ball movement, fast action to keep the other team off balance, and attacking both in the air and on the ground.

2. What did you think of Las Vegas' strategy change, coming out throwing and changing their main target?

I think it caught us off guard a bit, especially with how they played last time we faced them, and even last week against Tombstone. But as the game went along, we seemed to pick up on their changes and keep them from getting too out of hand. Got to give them credit for trying to change it up and catch us off guard though. It made for a fantastic and unpredictable game.

3. What is the key to beating this New Jersey team?

It's going to be tough. They have been the best team out East for the past two seasons, even if they don't have a title to show for it. But that doesn't mean they are unbeatable. I think the key for us will be playing a similar way we did against Las Vegas. Adapt to any changes, attack them when we have the football, and play our game out there. I've said it all season, if we play the way we know how to play, the way we've played all season, good things will happen. And now we're in the Impact Bowl. Even though New Jersey is a tough team, I know this team will be able to get by them and win.

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Coach...That game was crazy. Back and forth, lead changes. But you and the coaching staff had the boys ready every time they stepped onto that field. You adapted and we outlasted the Scorpions. Excellent job out there coach.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 22, 2017, 09:13:41 PM
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What an amazing feeling.. Conference champions... In the Impact Bowl, and we've done it in just our third year.

...Let's finish what we started 19 weeks ago, lets go win the Impact Bowl.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 22, 2017, 09:22:58 PM
It's a great feeling coach, to see what we've done in just three years. Let's cap it all off with that Impact Bowl!

Shall we gather the team and each say a few words?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 22, 2017, 09:29:52 PM
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Absolutely... I'll start us off...


THE TEAM GATHERS IN THE LOCKER ROOM MOMENTS BEFORE KICK OFF FOR THE IMPACT BOWL


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Hey guys, I want you to all take a moment to take this in.  Look around, we're in the Rose Bowl. Look down at your jersey, you are wearing a patch that no other player will EVER wear on that uniform.... IMPACT BOWL 8.  Only one team can say that they won this game, and right here, right now... we can be that team. 

We have been scorching the earth all year long, so playing free, fast, and loose is nothing new to us but we know who they are too.  They can run and throw just like we can, they have an MVP at QB just like we know that we do.  This is the best team we are going to play this year and this is where we prove to them, to the rest of the league, and to the entire world that WE are the best team in football.

We started something three years ago.  We came together in the expansion draft and we have grown as a team, now the fire rises and we bring the Wildfires from Rapid City to Pasadena, lets go out there and set the world on Fire boys!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 22, 2017, 10:29:35 PM
Thank you coach.

Gentlemen, now's the time that we've been waiting for. All season we've been burning down the competition to get to this point, and now we are here. And we deserve to be here. When I look around I don't see forty men, I see one team that has been working together all season. One team that has been doing what other teams wish they could do.

Sure, the team we are going up against is good, but we are better. Offense, defense, special teams, all across the board we have a superior team. We have all the pieces in this locker room to win this game and show that we are the best team in the HIFL. Each and every one of you has earned this chance. All we have to do is keep our head in the game, focus, and play our brand of football. That's it. We do that, and we will be standing here cheering at the end of the game!

So let's go out there and scorch the New Jersey Dragons! Let's go out there and SCORCH THE EARTH!

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Rotation: Mostly Starters
Tempo: Very Fast
Strategy/Depth Chart Changes:

All offensive play calling to be coaches decision
(as per conversation with Head Coach McCarthy, he has control of the plays)

Depth Chart Changes:
QB1 - Jose Pruitt, QB2 - Harry Fletcher, QB3 - Mario Estrada

Blitz to 40%

Everything else coaches decision.

Lock In

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 12:47:38 AM
TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT BOWL, YOUR FEELINGS, AND WHAT COMES NEXT
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 23, 2017, 07:15:14 AM
What a great day for this franchise and a great day for Rapid City!

Three years ago when we were just starting out, the Impact Bowl seemed to far away. But this team worked hard, grew together, and got better as a team, and now, here we are holding the trophy. I couldn't be prouder of what this team accomplished this season. This is a title that was won by all of them together, won by a team that had one vision from top to bottom. This trophy is a testament to all the hard work that the team put in this year and to all the hard work the coaches put in making sure everyone was ready. All the credit goes to the men in the locker room for this win.

Not that it was easy, New Jersey gave us a hell of a fight, just as I expected. There's a reason why they are consistently in the playoffs. It was a great game, and a game that had tons of big plays. Its the kind of game you love to watch, but also the kind of game that can make you nervous to be apart of. But this team never lost sight of what they were playing for and we countered every score the Dragons put up.

As for what comes next, well, after we celebrate this victory, we will have to turn our attention to some expiring contracts and keeping this team competitive for next season and beyond so we can defend our title.

For now though, we celebrate the win. Not just as a team, but as a city. This ones for you Rapid City!

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Coach! We did it! Fantastic job!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 11:31:44 AM
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YES WE DID!!!! IT FEELS AMAZING!!!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 23, 2017, 12:16:27 PM
It feels awesome coach! Holding that trophy is amazing! The team really have it their all in that game and you guys kept them going. Ive got to thank you and the coaching staff for everything in that game and this season. So thank you coach. Can't wait to defend that trophy next season!
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 12:49:47 PM
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Absolutely!  WE DID IT CJ!!! WE DID IT!!!



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Sir our owner is SO Thrilled!!! He is giving us a nice big bonus for the off-season PR budget,  bringing our total to $6MM for the off-season!  Here are our stats!  YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 04:55:41 PM
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Sir Here is what we need to focus on right away before we get to ERFA.

1. Decide if we will attempt to retain Offensive Coordinator Patrick McCarthy.


Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 23, 2017, 09:32:22 PM
Thank you, Ashley. Send my best to Mr. Burns and thank him for the added funds for the off season.

Could you get me in touch with Patrick McCarthy?

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Patrick, fantastic job this past season. And winning Assistant Coach of the year? Congratulations. Now, I know when we last spoke, you had your sights set on a head coaching gig, which would be well deserved in my opinion.

I was just curious if you were interested in discussing a deal to return as our Offensive Coordinator? Of course, if a team wishes to hire you as their head coach, I wouldn't stand in the way. It would suck to lose you, but I totally understand it if it were to happen. If I had it my way, we would keep you around here and one day you would take over for your father when he retires. But that's likely a conversation for another time.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 10:01:08 PM
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I am definitely hoping to land a head coaching job, but if that doesn't happen I'd hate to lose this job, so we can talk about the framework of a deal in the meantime.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 23, 2017, 10:18:22 PM
Fantastic to hear.

I was thinking of something along the lines of a 3 year deal worth $6 million a season. How does that sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 10:36:55 PM
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Ouch, I was thinking that I'd be put in the top 3 Offensive coordinators bracket at around 9MM.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 23, 2017, 11:07:02 PM
That's why they call them negotiations, right? I can understand what you are talking about though Patrick.

What if we met at around 8 per year. I believe it puts you 4th in terms of salary, but you would still be one of the highest paid OC's in the league.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 11:20:21 PM
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Hm, we'll see, I'll come back to the table and work on a deal if I don't get a head coaching job.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 23, 2017, 11:27:34 PM
Sounds good, Patrick. I look forward to speaking to you again.

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Ashley can you get me in touch with Jeff Milton?

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Mr. Milton, how are you doing? We are looking for a scouting director here in Rapid City and I wanted to know about you background in scouting. What brought you to become a scout?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 23, 2017, 11:45:59 PM
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I've been a scout for about 4 years, working with a lot of small schools and some arena football legues.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 12:14:29 AM
What do you value most while scouting players? Is there one thing you look for that shows the signs of a great lineman?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 12:29:38 AM
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Strength and footwork are big to me, great pass blocking linemen have to have those traits.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 12:35:24 AM
Good points. Thanks for stopping by, we are still interviewing a few other candidates right now.

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William Stone please.

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Welcome Mr. Stone. Tell me about yourself as a scout. How long have you been doing it? Where abouts have you worked?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 01:07:22 AM
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GM Gates, I've been playing football forever and scouting for the last couple years, I love finding big tall powerful linemen with both the skill to block the run and pass... Athletic big boys are the key to success.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 06:10:41 AM
From what I'm being told, you have accepted a position elsewhere. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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Ashley, let's go in a different direction. Can you get me in touch with Philip Gonzalez please?

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Philip, thanks for stopping by. We are looking for a scouting director here, and I wanted to know what your scouting history has been like? What do you look for when scouting, and what is your greatest asset in evaluating players?

Also, I know skill players are your bread and butter, but how are you at evaluating other positions on the football field?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 12:32:36 PM
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Hola GM Gates, I was a runningback in Missouri for quite some time, but when it comes to the skills positions I like to find players who are like me, not always the fastest, but making up for it with size and intellegence.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 12:43:27 PM
Thank you for your response coach and for coming in.

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Ashley, one more shot. Can you get me in touch with Tim Curran?

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Mr. Curran, how are you? As you probably know we are looking for a scouting director and wanted to interview you. What do you look for when it comes to scouting? Is there a certain trait you look for more than others?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 01:48:35 PM
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Work ethic and Leadership are important to me, but also IQ, and in linemen, a bit of everything really.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 01:51:08 PM
Good, good.

What have been some of your biggest success stories, both with linemen and with other position players.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 01:58:05 PM
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I was proud of Clyde Colbert, he went in the 2nd round and I had him pegged from the start, now he's clinging the charts as a pancake artist, I was also an early fan of Jarrett Corbett who not many saw as a big time player.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 03:06:51 PM
Any defensive players you have scouted that turned out well? I know you're an offensive line specialist, just want to see if you've had much success finding gems on the defensive side of the ball.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 10:34:12 PM
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I've scouted several, a lot of them were already big name prospects, but I know a good player when I see one.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 10:37:11 PM
I like what I've heard Tim. I would like to offer you the scouting directors job. How does 2 years at $1 million a season sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 11:05:14 PM
 
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Deal.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 24, 2017, 11:10:52 PM
Excellent, glad to have you on board. I will let you get settled in.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 24, 2017, 11:16:15 PM

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See you at the combine..
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 25, 2017, 10:21:17 PM
Ashley, if he's available, can you get me in touch with Head Coach McCarthy.

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Well coach, I hope you enjoyed your vacation. With ERFA upon us, and while I wait to hear back from Patrick, I had a question or two about some of our players. We have a lot of quality free agents and I'm hoping this helps some of the decision making.

David King, what's you view of him? He's made improvements since we drafted him, do you feel like he is ready to step into the starting center spot this upcoming season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 26, 2017, 01:58:24 AM
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Not at all..
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 26, 2017, 05:04:15 PM
Thank you coach.

With Patrick getting a head coaching job, did you have a preference to the sort of OC we hired? There are a few names out there I'd like to interview but want to see if there's anyone specific you'd like. Do you prefer an OC with experience or someone green that you can mild?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 26, 2017, 05:04:57 PM
Sorry about that, I meant mould. Slip of the tongue.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 26, 2017, 09:38:41 PM
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Probably a younger coach so that I can teach them who I want the offense handled.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 26, 2017, 09:46:59 PM
Sounds good coach, I will see what I can do to bring someone in. Thanks for stopping by coach.

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Ashley, I believe he's still a free agent coach, can you get me in touch with Daniel Norris?

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Daniel, how are you doing this evening. I understand you're looking to dive into the coaching ranks, and we just so happen to have an offensive coordinators spot open here in Rapid City. As I'm sure you've seen from being in the league, we run a very fast style of offense under coach McCarthy and look to continue that this season.

My question to you is, do you feel like our pace would be a good fit for you as a coach? Basically, when you think about yourself as a coordinator, is this the style of offense you imagine?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 26, 2017, 10:12:58 PM
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Hello GM Gates, I've never played in a really up-tempo offense for a consistent period of time.  I've done some spot starts here and there and we ran a faster tempo in Tombstone, but really I've always been most comfortable in a normal paced set up, but that isn't to say that I can't adapt and learn to coach under someone like Coach McCarthy..
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 26, 2017, 10:26:07 PM
That's quite alright that you didn't play in this type of system. We are really looking for someone willing to learn the style under Coach McCarthy. Someone who is willing to grasp the challenge head on and contribute to another fantastic season here in Rapid City.

Knowing you would be open to it is definitely good to hear though Daniel.

What do you feel your greatest asset could be if you were to join our staff?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2017, 12:02:51 AM
 
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I am a strong believer in "staying on schedule" and keeping a QB's routine the same.  I like to think that the more comfortable a QB is the better his going to play on game day no matter who he is up against.  And if the QB is in a rhythm everyone is in a rhythm. 
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2017, 12:11:08 AM
We saw that all too well last season. Thank you for your answers, Daniel. I have one more interview to conduct and then we will be making our decision.

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Ashley, Larry Wright please.

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Larry, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. We are looking for a coordinator to work behind Bernard McCarthy and learn the way he runs the offence. I know you have been coaching in the league and I'm sure you know the style of offence we run. Does this offence and learning under coach McCarthy sound like the style of offence you'd be looking to learn and coach?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2017, 12:29:21 AM
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Absolutely. 
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2017, 05:53:14 AM
Excellent.

What do you feel is your best asset as a coach? What would you be able to add to the coaching staff if you were to be hired on here?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2017, 01:06:23 PM
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Leadership, Respect, and a tradition of winning unlike anyone else has ever brought to the league.  I only know how to succeed.  Failure is not in my vocabulary.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2017, 05:46:33 PM
We have the same belief here. We've been succeeding since we entered the league. And leadership would come in handy as we bring in younger players.

I'd like to bring you in as our offensive coordinator on a 3 year deal worth $6.5 million a season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2017, 06:11:37 PM
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You've got a deal.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 27, 2017, 06:43:22 PM
Fantastic. Glad to have you on board, coach. I will let you go and get yourself acquainted with things here in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 27, 2017, 08:42:15 PM
 
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Thanks, looking forward to getting started.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 28, 2017, 09:23:15 PM
Coach Barbour please.

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Coach, I wanted to take a quick moment during a lull in the combine to speak with you. Last year when we were negotiating your contract, we differed on the values but I said I would try and give you the 7 you were looking for when I could. As a man of my word, I would like to increase your deal to $7 million starting this upcoming season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 28, 2017, 09:35:32 PM

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  Thank you very much boss, I really appreciate that.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 28, 2017, 10:02:53 PM
You're very welcome, Coach.

Would you be open to talking about extending your deal at all? Would hate to go into another season with you on an expiring deal.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on February 28, 2017, 10:04:47 PM
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I will add another year to the deal, I still hope to land a head coaching job after we win our second title.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on February 28, 2017, 10:11:10 PM
Glad to hear it coach, I will put the papers through. And don't worry, I won't stand in your way next off-season if you are in line for a head coaching gig after we win our second title.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 02, 2017, 09:24:06 PM
Ashley, can you get me in touch with the representative for Dale Bright, please?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 02, 2017, 09:34:54 PM
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6MM, 1MM in PR, for 3 years, lets do it.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 02, 2017, 09:50:25 PM
You've got a deal, Bobby. Pleasure as always.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 02, 2017, 10:24:36 PM
 
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Absolutely.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 03, 2017, 05:57:07 AM
Until next time, Bobby.

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Ashley, if he's available, can I speak with Dale Bright?

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Hey Dale, I just wanted to take a moment and welcome you to the Rapid City Inferno and to the HIFL. We were glad you were still there for us to draft and are excited to see what you do on the field.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 03, 2017, 11:32:26 AM
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Thanks boss, I'm excited to be coming to the defending Impact Bowl Championship team!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 03, 2017, 12:26:29 PM
And we are excited to have you on board. You will fit in perfectly with our linebackers and cause hell for the opposition.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 03, 2017, 12:30:23 PM
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Going to do my best to help make this defense as elite as the offense!
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 03, 2017, 12:33:14 PM
That's what I like to hear, Dale. For now, go and enjoy the rest of the draft and get settled in. We will see you at training camp.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 03, 2017, 12:37:52 PM
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Thanks boss, see you around.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 06, 2017, 12:36:36 PM
Ashley can you get me in touch with the representative for Sebastian Barry please?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 06, 2017, 12:50:56 PM

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3 years and 2.5MM.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 06, 2017, 05:25:00 PM
That's a deal we can agree on. Pleasure doing business, Eli.

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Ashley, if Sebastian Barry is available, perhaps I could speak to him briefly.

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Mr. Barry, I just wanted to welcome you to Rapid City and to the HIFL. From what we've seen of you, I think you will be a great fit with this team going forward.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 06, 2017, 05:29:55 PM
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Nothin' like being drafted by the champs. Happy to be here.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 09, 2017, 06:16:44 PM
Happy to have you, Sebastian. I will let you get settled. Thanks for stopping by.

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Ashley, can you get me the representative for Robert Hayes?

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Hello there, let's cut straight to the chase. 3 year deal worth $1 million a season?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 09, 2017, 06:23:22 PM
 
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Deal.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 09, 2017, 06:36:13 PM
Fantastic. Pleasure doing business.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 09, 2017, 06:38:05 PM
Ashley, when he arrives, can you send Robert Hayes up to see me, please.

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Mr. Hayes, how are you doing? I just wanted to take a moment and welcome you to Rapid City. Glad to have you on board.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 09, 2017, 07:22:23 PM
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Thanks, glad to be drafted.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 10, 2017, 05:29:38 PM
Glad to have you. I will let you get settled in and see you in camp.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 18, 2017, 09:41:40 AM
Ashley, can you get me in touch with Bobby Shapiro?

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Bobby, how are you doing? I wanted to talk to you about the possibility of restructuring your client David Kings contract. I was wondering if, instead of the 1 year at $3 million he has left, we could rework it to a 2 year deal worth $2 million a season. It keeps him here an extra year with the champs, and he makes more money overall. What do you say?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 18, 2017, 10:09:50 AM

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We actually feel like we can contribute as a starter in the league so we'll stay with our 1 year deal for right now.
     
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 18, 2017, 10:17:40 AM
Totally understand, Bobby. Thanks for hearing me out anyways.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 18, 2017, 11:48:02 AM
Coach McCarthy please.

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Alright coach, we are winding down our off season. A lot of the team remains the same from last season and we added a few pieces to give us a bit extra. We still have to make one move - likely a roster cut - and I wanted to get your thoughts on it. What position do you feel we can get by to start the season with less depth, cornerback or linebacker? One would get us right at the cap, the other would give us a bit of money for anything that pops up.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 18, 2017, 05:53:43 PM
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I think we can do without the extra backer, but I always think 4 CBs is the way to go for depth.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 18, 2017, 07:44:41 PM
Then we will likely keep the 4th CB and go the other route. Gives us a bit of flexibility still.

The other question I had for you is when it comes to captains. Im planning to roll out the same guys as last year that we still have, though when it comes to Lightner do you feel he enjoyed the role or should we look to name someone in his place as well? I was looking at naming Pruitt, Brogan, Fernandez, Steed, and Crane as the other five.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 18, 2017, 10:55:55 PM
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Fernandez isn't a guy who wants to be a captain, Dickey however on offense is a good leader.

Luis is the best leader we have in the secondary, and Crane isn't a leader either, I'd look at  Steed and Bright.

   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 20, 2017, 12:27:10 PM
Thank you for the information coach, it will come in handy. For now though I will let you get back to things.

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Amber Molina please.

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Amber, good afternoon. If my information is correct, you're client LB Mario Vance is still a free agent. We didn't think he would be out there still and we would like to bring him back. Given how our team is set up right now, he would likely have to settle for a back up role as our 5th linebacker, which I know is not ideal but you never know what could happen in the course of a season. If he is alright with being the back up linebacker here, our offer would be a 1 year deal worth $250K.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on March 27, 2017, 12:45:30 PM
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We are still going  to wait, Mario wants to start..
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on March 27, 2017, 06:02:27 PM
That's fair, Amber. Thanks for taking my call.

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Scott Forrest, please.

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Scott, I'd like to bring LB Jeffery Thorton to Rapid City. How would a 1 year deal for $250K sound?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 02, 2017, 10:39:57 AM
Deal
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 02, 2017, 11:44:57 AM
Excellent. Thanks for your time.

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Steve Rosenhaus please.

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Steve I wanted to talk to you about Jose Pruitt. He is entering the last year of his contract and we would love to keep him here beyond that. To be upfront, we don't have the salary space for a new deal starting this upcoming season, but I was wondering if you and Jose would be interested in discussing a new deal that starts in season 10?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 03, 2017, 10:50:15 AM
 
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What did you have in mind, baby?
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 04, 2017, 11:20:46 PM
Well, what I was thinking was a 2 year deal worth $18 million a season with $2 million in PR, starting Season 10. The deal rewards Jose while also allowing us to continue to build a competitive team around him, one that can continue to challenge for titles.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 06, 2017, 09:48:43 AM

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We like this a lot, if you don't mind keeping it on the table, we'll think about it during training camp and give you an answer before the pre-season starts.
 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 06, 2017, 10:15:27 PM
I can get on board with that Steve. I look forward to hearing from you and Jose after camp. For now, I will let you get back to things.

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Deion Hester please.

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Deion, I will keep it short since I know you are a busy man. Let's talk about Jeremy Martin. He's entering the final year of his deal, and we would love to keep him here beyond that and would like to talk about a new deal that would start in Season 10.

What I was thinking of, is a 4 year deal worth $13 million dollars a season with $3 million in PR, starting Season 10. It gives him a raise and keeps him in a position to play for a team that will be competing at a high level each and every season.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 11, 2017, 11:42:23 AM
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We aren't ready to talk extensions right now boss.
   
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on April 12, 2017, 09:36:30 PM
Totally understand Deion. Thanks for taking my call.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on April 27, 2017, 03:15:49 PM
 
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Yeah man, no doubt.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 08, 2017, 09:24:38 AM
*BUMP*
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 08, 2017, 09:25:38 PM
Sorry about that, Ashley. I believe we are in compliance with caps and roster size, so I am just putting the finishing touches on our training camp information.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 09, 2017, 08:23:07 PM
Actually, while I finalize a few things, could you please get me in touch with Steve Rosenhaus again?

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Steve, I know we've already spoken about Jose Pruitt, but I wanted to reach out to you about Clint Dickey seeing as how he is entering his final year as well. I don't know if you and your client would rather wait until training camp, but he has been a great weapon for Jose since day one and I would love to keep him in the fold here. Much like with Pruitt, any contract we discussed would be one that starts in Season 10. Is this something you'd like to speak about now?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 09, 2017, 10:23:07 PM
 
 
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What did you have in mind?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 10, 2017, 10:57:36 PM
Well, I was thinking of a 2 or 3 year deal worth $9.5 million a season with $2 million in PR starting Season 10. It would continue to give him a great chance at winning, especially if Pruitt comes back as well.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 15, 2017, 09:22:10 AM

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Make it 10MM and 2MM PR for 2 years and you've got a deal.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 17, 2017, 10:02:40 AM
We can make that work. Glad we could work something out. I'm sure we will be in touch soon regarding Jose.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 20, 2017, 07:58:47 AM
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Sir we were just informed that Jose Wilburn has retired. We will need to sign a fullback.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 20, 2017, 10:26:18 AM
Well I wasn't prepared for that unexpected event.

Would you happen to have a list of available fullbacks? Everyone I've looked at seems to have already signed.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 21, 2017, 10:31:45 AM
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Steven Robinson, Stephen Treadwell, James Rodriguez, and Vernon Cota are the only Fullbacks available at this time.

Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 21, 2017, 11:52:25 AM
Thank you Ashley.

Let's get Deion Hester on the line. I believe he's the agent for Steven Robinson.

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Deion, we are looking for a Fullback and are looking at your client Steven Robinson. We would like to offer him a 1 year deal worth $250K to sign here in Rapid City.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 21, 2017, 01:22:06 PM
DEAL
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 21, 2017, 03:22:41 PM
Excellent. Pleasure as always, Deion.

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Alright Ashley, I believe we're good now financially, and with our roster spots as we head into camp. No more surprise retirements or anything to hold us up?
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: Talon on May 21, 2017, 08:52:19 PM
 
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Well, if I knew they were coming it wouldn't be much of a surprise now would it?

 
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 21, 2017, 09:38:33 PM
Good point. In any case we should be finalizing things shortly.
Title: Re: TEAM: RAPID CITY INFERNO
Post by: GM Gates on May 22, 2017, 07:08:24 PM
ROSTER:

QB: Jose Pruitt - Harry Fletcher - Mike Vaughn
RB: Jeremy Martin - John Brogan - James Cody
FB: Steven Robinson - James Cody
RT: Ralph Nutter - Donald Benton
RG: Steven Fernandez - Donald Benton
C: Darrin Yost - David King
LG: David Gilbertson - Donald Benton
LT: Chris Hilton - Donald Benton
TE: Eric Ashworth - Timothy Roy
WR1: Clint Dickey - Ralph Brown - Matthew Grover - Terrell Pond - Anthony Rickenbacher
WR2: Ralph Brown - Matthew Grover - Terrell Pond - Anthony Rickenbacher

DT: Glenn Totten - James Hamm
DE: Clayton Salmon - George Gaskins - James Hamm
LB: James Steed - Jason Webb - Dale Bright - DeMarcus Crane - Jeffery Thorton
CB: Alonso Lightner - Luis Brown - Steven Cuevas - Albert Amaya
FS: Aaron Milliken - Sebastian Barry
SS: Kevin Daniels - Robert Hayes

K: Andrew Hernandez
P: Damien Shively

KR: Sebastian Barry - Anthony Rickenbacher - Terrell Pond
PR: Sebastian Barry - Anthony Rickenbacher - Terrell Pond

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STRATEGIES:

Backfield: Featured Running Back
Primary Receiver: Clint Dickey
Playing Time: Mostly Starters

Offensive Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Decision

Defensive Strategies/Playcalling/Formations:
Coaches Decision

Blitz Ratio: 40%

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TRAINING/CAPTAINS:

Captains:
1. Jose Pruitt
2. John Brogan
3. Clint Dickey
4. James Steed
5. Dale Bright
6. Luis Brown

Training:
1. Harry Fletcher - Arm Strength
2. Steven Robinson - Run Blocking
3. Mike Vaughn - Accuracy

4. DeMarcus Crane - Conditioning
5. Albert Amaya - IQ
6. Dale Bright - Hands

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PR CAMPAIGNS:

Jose Pruitt - $2 million
Tag Line: "Dr. Pruitt, T.D"
($1.5 Million) Commercial: Jose was clinical last year, threading the ball through the defense and hitting his targets when it mattered most while leading the Inferno to the Impact Bowl. The commercial will highlight this, as Pruitt - wearing hospital scrubs - will make some pretty remarkable passes, threading the ball through impossible gaps, all of them hitting for a touchdown. At the end of it, he will throw one last pass fr a touchdown before standing in his doctors pose.
($500K) "Most Valuable Pruitt": We will spend some money to highlight the season Pruitt had en route to winning the league MVP award last season. We will show some clips ofthe greatest plays he made, some of his clutch passes and well-timed scrambles.

Jeremy Martin - $5 million
Tag Line: "Killswitch Engaged"
($2.5 Million) Commercial/Advertisement: When the Inferno are going well, one of the pieces helping is the efforts of Jeremy Martin. And when he is really going, that's when the killswitch is engaged and that is what spells doom for most opponents. The commercial will show a team going through a few downs and on the last one, the ball will be handed off to Jeremy Martin and once he gets it, the shot pauses, the sound of an electrical current and a switch being activated is heard and then Jeremy carves through the opposition to the end zone. At the end of the commercial, a voice over will say "When Jeremy Martin has the ball, the game can be called. Because that's when the Killswitch is Engaged". We will also have a few print adds that say that same thing as the voiceover.
($1 Million) Hype Video: We are going to run a bit of a spoof video involving J-Mart, where he has the football and is running towards the end zone with the defense bearing down behind him. Suddenly, someone stands up in the crowd and shouts out "Run, J-Mart, Run!", something the entire crowd starts to chant. This gives Martin the boost he needs to turn it up a notch and score the touchdown untouched.
($500K) Charity Run: Coming off the heels of last years charity event, we will be sponsoring a charity run along with Jeremy, called the "Never Say Die" run. Jeremy Martin will be involved, and all proceeds raised from the event will be donated to cancer research. There will be items signed by Martin that will be available to bid on at a silent auction during the run as well.
($500K) In-Game Event: We will spend some time honor