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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: May 21, 2018, 05:03:25 PM »
S10 WEEK 5

1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

This game was probably the most satisfying of our victories so far this season. We got out to a good lead in the first half and controlled things from there without ever really feeling threatened. People will look at the total yards and completed pass stats and try to argue that we were fortunate but what makes the difference in these games is efficiency. Our 3rd down conversion and pass completion rates were much better than New Jersey's and we converted our red zone opportunities. Of course the biggest difference came on the ground. Tank Mixon gets a huge amount of attention, deservedly so, but the partnership he has with Johnson is what makes this team so dangerous. Christopher had a great game out there and got his reward with a touchdown.

I know GM Kirk will go on about how New Jersey was the better team because he can't accept that his team was well beaten. Sure, they gave up a lot of penalty yards but that's what happens when you try to build up every game as a grudge match. He wound his players up to a point where an explosion was inevitable. I'm very proud of the professionalism my players showed despite the dirty play of the Dragons and we got our reward for that.

2. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the toughest thing to prepare for this week?

This week we visit Tulsa at the start of a very important period of the season. We've set ourselves up well against the division rivals and we need to keep that momentum going through this next run. Tulsa haven't had the best of times recently and they're coming off the back of a pretty painful loss. People will be expecting us to go in and roll them over but there really are no easy games in this league. They'll be hurting after that loss and will be keen to bounce back. It will be our job to make sure they don't do that against us. The difficulty will be in stopping their passing game. We did very well at doing just that against the Dragons but Tulsa have lads capable of making those home run plays so we'll need to make sure we cover that properly. If we can get our run game going, get out to an early lead and put pressure on their line on defence then I think we'll be able to come away with an important win.

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I forgot Police Squad from my top list

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1 Westworld
2 Altered Carbon
3 Firefly
4 Fawlty Towers
5 Rome

Not sure they fit the rules though

1 Game of Thrones
2 Black Sails
3 Red Dwarf
4 Top Gear
5 Match of the Day
6 Ballers
7 Deadwood
8 The Shield
9 Frasier
10 Spartacus

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: April 26, 2018, 01:20:58 PM »
I'm very tempted to do just that but I think continuity is going to be more important at this stage of the season. We'll revisit this later in the year when the lads have been playing together longer. Thanks for the input, Coach.

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: None

In-season Training Schedule
-0 hours position training
-0 hours athletic training
-0 hours physical training
-2 hours film study

Players
Moya
Bostic
Peacock
Peacock

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: April 24, 2018, 03:26:30 AM »
Excellent. It's always great to see the young lads performing well and it bodes well for the future of this team. The hard work you're all putting in is definitely being appreciated. Looking at the here and now though, I'm in two minds about how to approach New Jersey. We either come at them hard and try to throw them off their rhythm or we sit back in coverage to counter the deep threat and trust the line to hold their run game. Could this young line handle that?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:27:27 AM »
That's very encouraging. I have high hopes for both of these lads. We'll stick with the extra film study for now and reassess in a couple of weeks. Thank you Coach.
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Lolly, could you call Coach Door up for me please?
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Coach, we allowed quite a few yards on the ground against St Paul but otherwise we've been very strong against the run. Obviously that sarts with the d-line and I think you deserve credit for that. Against New Jersey it's going to be even more important to contain the run. We're also going to need to get pressure on Lynn. That's an area where we're a little weaker. You mentioned some concerns about the Peacocks and Tipton in your post-camp report. What do you think of them at this stage?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:53:41 PM »
We'll leave things alone and see how they develop over the next few games then. What do you make of our rookie safeties so far?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: April 12, 2018, 01:13:33 PM »
The Dragons generally run the ball heavily so we'll get a chance to see if it's him or circumstance this week. If I still don't see anything from him I'll want to give Schofield a shot. In future weeks might it be worth playing out of the nickel as our primary formation? I don't want to make sweeping changes but if we're playing that way anyway we may as well train that way. We certainly have the corners for it.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:34:31 AM »
We're playing well and are slightly ahead of my expectations. That just means I need to shift our targets to match. We have all of the pieces here to build a great team and we just need time really. I'm sure we'll solve the big pass play problem but that's still a big worry going into this next game. New Jersey have some home run threats we're going to have to try to contain. We can't afford to carry any passengers on defence this week. Which brings me to Lucas Johnson. I've not seen his name come up once on the game reports. Is he missing his tackles? Is he just floating around out there? Are we playing him out of position? Is he just there to watch the game from the field? Should I be charging him admission?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: April 04, 2018, 12:32:33 PM »
S10 WEEK 4

1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

This was a very even game against a very good St Paul team. Don't let their current position fool you, they are better than their results so far. Of course when you have these very even games it takes a special player to do something special to make the difference. We had a lot of good performances this week but once again it was Sasser who made the decisive play. 56yards with less than a minute on the clock is a pressure situation but he seems to thrive on those. What went right was us moving the ball well on the ground and Rizzo making his throws when we needed him to. We also avoided the big plays we've been giving up, which was encouraging. What went wrong is the same thing I've been talking about all season, not converting the yards into TDs. I'm confident that we'll solve that before long though.

2. Which of your division rivals has surprised you the most so far this season?

New Jersey have surprised me. They put big beatings on Michigan and Milwaukee when the pundits were expecting them to struggle again this year. We definitely won't be taking them lightly.

3. With where you sit in the standings, do you feel it is a true reflection of your team? Where do you feel you should stand, and who on your team is most responsible for your current standing?

We're probably slightly ahead of where I expected us to be at this stage of the season but I think we absolutely deserve to be there. We've been competitive in every match so far and that puts us in a strong position. If I had to pick 1 player I'd have to say Sasser is the reason we sit in 2nd. He's won 2 of our 3 victories with his boot. I don't think his teammates will disagree either.

4. What has been the biggest challenge for your team so far this season, and who would you say was your teams' most improved?

The biggest challenge so far has been self inflicted really. When I came in I made sweeping changes to the coaching staff and the system on both sides of the ball. That's a lot for players to adapt to but they've put in the effort and shown that they're capable. I expect performances to continue to improve as the lads get more comfortable with everything. As for most improved, I've only been here for quarter of a season. Ask me again at halfway.

5. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the toughest thing to prepare for this week?

I love a good rivalry and I know the fans do too. There aren't many as big as DC and New Jersey in this league. We've had a good record on this one so I want to make sure I continue that for the fans. Apparently this is a grudge match for GM Kirk. Every week seems to be one for him. We're going to have to prepare to restrict the deep threats the Dragons have if we want to win this one. If we slip up even once they're capable of punishing you. If we can disrupt their deep passing then I think we have a good chance of sending our fans to work happy on Monday morning.

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OOC Boards / Re: THE FUTURE OF LIVE SIMS
« on: March 28, 2018, 03:48:24 PM »
I had my game live simmed while I was at the office so I couldn't make it. Gooch got to make a few choices and I had no problem with it. Our coaches have always got on with that before so why worry about it now? As was said earlier, making those choices is no more of an advantage than specifying ratios for each situation. The additional immersion is a great addition to the game. I'm all for it.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:52:10 AM »
I'll let you get back to it. Could you take this to the coaches on your way back to practice please?

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Change passing focus to balanced. Other changes in focus as discussed with Coach Farmer.

In-season Training Schedule
-0 hours position training
-0 hours athletic training
-0 hours physical training
-2 hours film study

Players
Moya
Bostic
Peacock
Peacock

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:26:05 PM »
Let's do exactly that then. i don't want to change too much because things are working well but hopefully this slight tweak will create some space to get those elusive TDs. Thanks for the input Coach.
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Lolly, could you call Sasser up to see me please?
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Omer, just wanted a quick word to thank you for getting us out of that game with a W last week. I know all of the lads appreciate your sure foot. I used to hate coming up against you when I was with Cleveland. Keep up the excellent work.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:10:52 PM »
I agree with your approach by the way. The FG was definitely the right decision. Overall it was a great game and if we keep playing like that we'll be in the playoff hunt.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:07:26 PM »
Would changing our passing focus from over the middle to balanced have much impact? I generally like playing the way we are but as space closes up in the red zone we might benefit from stretching the field with some additional out routes.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 26, 2018, 03:42:33 AM »
That's something I was going to ask about so it's good to see you're that step ahead of me. Love the proactive approach, Coach. I know there are going to be some growing pains as our rookies get used to the league so I'm not overly concerned yet. We just need to keep ahead of it in order to keep this promising start going. I'm considering giving the rookie safeties and the Peacocks some extra film time for a few weeks, unless you object. Other than that I see no reason to change anything else. Our defence works really well except for these occasional big plays so I'm sure we'll only improve with time.
Could to ask Coach Thompson to come see me when you get back to practice please? Thanks Coach.
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Coach, that was a good win. I'm very pleased with getting one over on Michigan in their place. It was a pretty dominant performance too. Just a shame that wasn't reflected on the scoreboard. We seem to do a great job of moving the ball, then get bogged down in the red zone. Do you have any thoughts as to why that is?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 25, 2018, 03:53:32 PM »
He's a machine, I'm sure of it. We shouldn't have needed him to win it for us, though. We were so much better than Michigan in almost every way so why did we not win this one more comfortably? I'll ask about the offence later but defensively... some great stuff out there but yet again we allowed too many deep plays. We're not getting the penetration on the line that we need, I get that, but we still shouldn't be caught out by the deep pass like this. How do we tighten up the coverage?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:37:17 PM »
1. Talk us through this weeks game. What went wrong?  What went right?

This week was a very good result for us. Any win over a division rival is a great thing but to do so away from home is even more important. If we want to achieve our goals this season we'll need to win a few games away in the division so to get one of those victories this early in the season is a big boost for us. There was a lot to like about this performance. We were dominant in every phase of the game. We moved the ball well, restricted Michigan to only 8 1st downs all game, kept their rushing to less than 100 yards and kept Hill below 50% completion. In the end we just didn't convert that dominance into points and we allowed too many big plays against us. We also didn't look after the ball as well as we have been doing and gave away too many penalties. In the end the difference between us and Michigan was the ever reliable Sasser. I've been on the wrong end of his boot previously so it's good to see him do it for one of my teams for once. We should have won this game comfortably but it's a great confidence boost to all of us to know that as long as we keep the game close we'll always have that chance to snatch victory at the death. One of these weeks we'll turn our dominance into points and the rest of the league will know what we're capable of. I'll take scrappy wins for now though.

2. How do you feel about the emergence of the Alliance of American Football and the XFL?

The AFL was a good place to find talent and coaches previously so hopefully that will be true of these new rivals. I'll be interested to see just how competitive their league is and perhaps look at our options then.

3. Talk about something going on around the league this season that has interested you in one way or another.

What's interested me is seeing the way the fancied teams have been struggling while some of the expected strugglers have been performing above themselves. To see the previous Impact Bowl teams losing 2 out of their first 3 games just goes to show that things are not predetermined in this league. That should give a lot of teams hope and should lead to an exciting season.

4. Talk to us about your upcoming game this week.  What will be the key to victory?

This week we face one of those teams I was talking about. The pundits were tipping St Paul to be one of the Impact Bowl contenders this year but they've been under-performing so far. After 2 disappointing losses they'll be desperate to get their season back on track so this is going to be a very dangerous time to take them on. St Paul are a team that has historically started slowly and gone on to finish strongly and I expect the same from them this season. GM Gooch is very good at spotting the issues and solving them... I just hope he takes a little longer this time. The keys to victory this week will be to establish our run early and to control the tempo of the game. Car has had a tough couple of games and his confidence will be low at the moment. We need to get pressure on him so he makes some bad throws and we can't allow him to get into a rhythm.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:05:38 PM »
Excellent. Our run game is going to be drawing in a lot of defences so it'll open up gaps deep to exploit. Particularly this week against Michigan. We need to target those corners when we get the opportunities. Otherwise I think we're well set.
I trust you to handle the sports centre nonsense. Thanks Coach.


Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Add deep play action passes to the playbook as discussed.

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:07:34 AM »
S10 WEEK 2

1. Talk us through this week's game. What did you like, what do you want to see improved?

This week we saw all elements of the team come together for the full 4 quarters and we got our reward for it. Our defence restricted an exciting Milwaukee offence to virtually nothing and got the turnovers when we needed them. We ran the ball excellently and Rizzo looked after possession really well. Another 2 TDs is a good return too. If he keeps doing that we'll be fine. We just need to be a little more ruthless in the red zone and to turn some of the FGs into TDs.

2. Through two games this season, who's surprising you for the better, and for the worst?

It's a bit early to assess when I've only been here for 2 games. I'm still trying to get to know the players at this point.

3. Which one-part of your team do you believe is only going to get better going forward?

Our defence. We have some young guys in key positions and I expect them to grow together as the season goes on.

4. Talk about your news story this week.

Was there a news story? I think we've been flying under the radar so far and that suits us fine.

5. Talk about at least two other news stories this week.

Football in Vegas can work but you need to make sure the players know what's expected of them. These sorts of incidents are otherwise inevitable when you make kids millionaires. The team has a responsibility to protect their underage players though.
The big upset suffered by Rapid City should be a wake up call to everyone. Why teams give up before the season starts when these results can easily happen is beyond me. There are no easy games on this league.

5. Talk to us about your match up this week, how do you build on last weeks success.

We need to keep working hard at getting the basics right and building on there. That win will have given us a huge confidence boost and another will help to cement that.

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Coach, I don't think we need to change much. I would like to see a few deep passes on play action though. Is that something Thompson could introduce into the playbook?

 

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:28:00 AM »
Excellent. We just need a good win this week to get some momentum going. I'll let you all get back to it. Could one of you take this down to Coach Farmer for me please.

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Blitz ratios to return to preseason levels.

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 13, 2018, 04:48:01 AM »
That's what we'll do then. We'll give the lads a few weeks to settle into the system before we look at things again. Thank you, Coach. Could you send up the defensive captains when you get back to practice please.
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Right lads, let's break this game down into the two halves. The first half was excellent. There was some really good football out there and you did well to restrict Cleveland like that. The second half... it got away from us. We won't dwell on it. These types of games happen occasionally. It happened to my team in Pearl Harbor against Tombstone in my first season there. It's to be expected when anew regime comes in and people need to adapt to that. What's important is how we react next time. We cannot afford to have another quarter like that third against Cleveland. This is where you three come in. It's very easy for heads to drop when things are going against us. With players slipping at key moments or tipped balls being intercepted the less experienced guys can start to feel that things are just against us. That disappointment needs to be turned into a determination to do our best and that's when we really need to pull together as a team. Obviously that comes from the top. In those moments I need you as captains to look at the guys around you and to refocus them. If heads are dropping I'd like you to remind the lads that we're still one of the meanest defensive units in the league. If players are getting angry they need to channel that into their next tackle. If someone makes a mistake they need to know that their teammates are behind them. We all need to help each other out there, as I'm sure you're already doing. I know I probably didn't need to say any of this but I just wanted to remind you that this is a very young team with a lot of rookies in key positions so they'll need that extra guidance. I'll stop lecturing now and ask how morale is in the locker room.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 12, 2018, 05:32:26 PM »
Wow, that is very unfortunate. Hopefully he'll have more luck this week. I'm looking forward to seeing him in action. Strategically speaking, I didn't really see much penetration from our increased blitzing. I don't want to keep chopping and changing early on so it'd be better if we settled on something for the next 3 or 4 weeks. With that in mind, I'd like to revert back to what we'd originally planned during the off-season and see how that works. What's your view on that though?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:42:24 AM »
Good. We need to bounce back strongly this week and we need a confidence boosting win. I'm not worried about Milwaukee's defence but they got a lot of yards last week against Michigan. We need to tighten up against the pass. I thought putting Moya in last week would help with that but I didn't see him even appear on the game report. Is this something to be concerned about?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:25:59 PM »
We have a young team with a lot of rookies in the defence so I expect a little bit of this early on. How they react to adversity will be the difference between success and failure. They need to learn from moments like that. How were the lads reacting after the game?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:04:41 PM »
1. Talk us through this week's game. What did you like, what do you want to see improved?

I know it's a cliche but this really was a game of 2 halves. We were dominant in that first half, moved the ball well and controlled the tempo of the game. We had a game plan going in and we executed well in those first few quarters. We restricted the Cleveland offence to just one TD in the first half and were in a very strong position at halftime. Unfortunately we allowed Caleb Smoak to take control of that third quarter and that was that. In this league you have to be at your best throughout every quarter or you will be punished. The lads have learned a valuable lesson here today and we'll be better for it going forwards.

2. What did you make of your teams performance, despite the final outcome of the game?

There were a lot of very good things out there and some great performances from the lads. We can take a lot of positives from this defeat. Seeing Luis Peacock get his first sack was a positive, as was the interception from Jeffries. Good tackle figures from Stevens, Bostic and Zepeda were also very encouraging. Offensively we were great out there this week. Too many good performances for me to talk about individually. Not many teams will score 27 against a Blitzer defence and that total should really be enough to get the W. These lads will only get better as the season progresses too. There are more rookies on our defence and it's going to take time for the lads to click but I know the defence will catch up with our offence in performances before long. My message to our own fans... have faith, things will improve quickly.

3. Are there any major changes you see yourself making this week?

Not really, no. When there is so much change already over the off-season you have to give things time to settle. We believe in what we're doing and we'll keep on doing it.

4. Talk about at least two news stories from this week.

I'd like to take this chance to acknowledge the reception I received from the Cleveland fans this week. I'd like to thank them for the warm welcome. I had good years there and a great relationship with the fans. I'm grateful for the respect I was shown and that respect is definitely mutual
I think you're going to hear a lot of overreactions regarding Berry's hit on Ackerman. This is a physical sport and a lot of people get injured playing it. Career ending sounds awful, and I understand that, but there are a lot of players with season ending injuries and no suspensions handed out for those. People get hurt playing this game but we have the rules in place to try to protect them. The league is right to suspend Berry but I think 3 games is probably about right. Nobody goes into a hit to intentionally end someone's career. It was a very unfortunate incident and my sympathy goes out to Ackerman but let's not overreact.

5. Talk to us about your match up this week.  Where do you see your opponent having an advantage? What is the key to victory?
This week we're up against a Milwaukee team that many pundits will be expecting us to beat. I think those pundits are being very unfair to them though. There's a lot of potential in that offence they've built there and in time it will click. They put a lot of yards on a very good defensive side in Michigan last week. The reason they fell short was because they're going to need time for the team to gel and that is inevitably going to result in mistakes. We'll need to make sure we take full advantage of every mistake they make if we're going to win this game. We'll also need to tighten up our pass defence if we want to stand any chance of winning any game. if we can do that then I have full faith in our offence to be able to dictate our style on them and to control the game.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 10, 2018, 04:28:35 AM »
Excellent, I've sent the paperwork to the league. A pleasure as always.
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Lolly, can you send the following to the coaches

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Eric Moya to play FS1. Blitz ratios to increase in passing situations as discussed.

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:41:47 AM »
DC announce the following signings to the minor league affiliate, Richmond Ruckus:
DE Dallas Lovell for 2 years at $500k
DE Carl McConnell for 3 years at $500k
C Timothy Bell for 2 years at $750k

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 09, 2018, 02:26:21 PM »
I'd like to sign all three to our minor league affiliate. I'll take each contract offer in turn.
At 18 I think Carl McConnell is going to need a few years to develop to make up for a lack of college experience. The advantage is that we can train him to play our way. Id like to offer him a 3 year deal with our affiliate at $500k.
Lovell has that extra experience so ideally I'd like a better look at him to see if he'll fit our system. I'm offering 2 years at $500k to play for the affiliate.
Finally, Bell is a guy I've worked with before. He knows how my teams operate and I think that he could help the kids in the development league progress how we want them to. I also know that he's versatile after playing him in various positions previously. We have $750k left on the main roster's cap. I'd like to sign him for 2 years at $750k to play in the minor league with a view to him being activated if we lose someone on our o-line.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:46:59 AM »
Tank, you don't need to worry. This is how I intend to keep things this year. You're still our main man but you both have a lot to offer the team and I love that you bring different things. This is a partnership that I can see working really well. I'm glad you're both on board. I'll let you get back to practice.
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Lolly, I've just been looking over the free agent sheets and I've seen some names I think would benefit the development team. Could you get JTC on the phone for me please?
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James, thanks for taking my call. I normally like to deal one player at a time but I see 3 of your lads on the free agent list I'd like to sign to the minor league team. Would you be ok negotiating them all in one go and are the following lads still available: DE Dallas Lovell, DE Carl McConnell and C Timothy Bell?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:49:00 PM »
We'll continue to run it that way then. I'm not sure we really need to change anything on offence so we'll go as we've already set up for the season and see how we get on. I have confidence in you and the lads so I'm sure we'll have a lot of success together. Thank you, Coach. Could you send Tank and Johnson up to see me when you get back down to practice please?
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Lads, thank you for coming up. I wanted to discuss the pre-season and the pro set with you both. Your performances were very impressive during those games and you seem to have a good partnership going already. How do both of you feel about the way we're set up?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:50:52 PM »
I'm not sure what else I can pass on that will help. We just need to establish a good run and then pick our moments to make our passes... and keep it away from Taylor.

Looking back at the pre-season games, what did you think of the pro set adjustment in the end? Something to stick with?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:00:34 PM »
That's what we'll go with then. Thank you both. I'll let you get to work preparing the lads.
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Lolly, could I see Coach Thompson please?
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Coach, I loved what I saw from the offence during pre-season. It looks like they're clicking well already, even with the complete change of style this year. It's a bit early for congratulations but you seem to have coached them very well. I was surprised by how comfortable Rizzo looked out there and our RB pair seemed to do some great work. I'm excited. This week against Cleveland I definitely think we keep the ball on the ground and smash them up the middle. They had trouble defending the run last year and the longer we can keep the ball away from Taylor the better. On their line, Embiid has the reputation but it's McLaughlin who tends to get the sacks. I'm not sure what we can do about that but it might be worth mentioning that to the lads.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:24:47 AM »
Alright, that sounds like a plan. We still need to respect the run with Elliott there though. We know how they're going to play: 60-65% run on first down and 2nd and short; closer to 80-90% on 3rd and short; Roy doesn't run the ball at all on 3rd and long and he rarely passes  to Elliott. I suggest we leave the blitz as is for the situations we know they'll likely run and in those mixed situations and increase the blitz in the passing downs/distances. Does that sound about right to both of you? What sort of increase do you think would be suitable?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 05, 2018, 03:47:32 AM »
I kind of expected that with rookies at both DT spots and the changes we made at LB. I'm confident it will come together so we'll stick at it and watch it develop. Except this week. I think it's worth bringing Coach Door in for this bit.

GM Dazz presses the intercom Lolly, could you ask Coach Door to join us please?
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Coach Door, thank you for joining us. This week we visit Cleveland. Now I'm happy to leave things as they are for the other games coming up but this one is the one game in the year where getting to the QB is going to be the difference between victory and a big loss. The key against Cleveland is getting pressure up the middle. Hooker is where you apply the pressure and the rest of the line may collapse around him. The Peacocks have the size for it but they're still adjusting to the league so will need some help. I suppose the options would be to either up the blitz or to adjust the focus of our LBs from coverage. I'd like to hear what you both think about that.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:54:50 PM »
I'm not too worried about the results. It would be nice to get a couple of wins and the confidence that comes with them but we played pretty well. I made a mistake in the safeties and forgot to put Moya in so we should see some improvement with him in. You're definitely right about Tank and Rizzo. I was impressed by what I saw from both. Johnson looked good on his carries too. Myers played well, the line was solid... I liked what I saw from our offence. A lot of good performances on defence as well, though I think there's more to fix there.

We seemed to get hit for some big plays. Was that a lack of pressure on the QB or missed plays in the secondary?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:34:17 AM »
1. Talk about your off-season, what did you like, what did you not like?

Well I think we can agree that it was a busy off-season. We did get our roster sorted before the end of the draft so I was pretty pleased with that. I'm very happy with the roster we have here and the coaches seem to agree with that assessment. We made a lot of changes to the way the team is set up and to the coaching staff but I think things are more cohesive now. I have a philosophy for how football has to be played and I think this team is already buying into that. The disappointing things were having to let a coach of Coach Saint's caliber go and having to trade away Tony Stacy but these were moves that were needed so that this team could be moulded to fit the vision I share with Mr Kiss. I do wish them every success this year though.

2. How much stock do you put into your teams preseason performance?

A lot of GMs try to play down the importance of preseason but this is a very important period for the development of a team. You set the tone here for the early weeks in the season. For us it was even more important because of the level of changes we've made. The results don't matter so much but it's performances that we're looking for at this stage. It's also the first chance I've had to see this team in action so I was making copious notes throughout.

3. What did you gather from your preseason games?

I think there are a lot of positives to take from our preseason games, as well as a lot to learn. In the first game we seemed to outplay the back to back champions for large parts of it. We just need to follow their example and take our chances when we get them. Offensively we were very very good in both games but we just need to be more ruthless. Defensively we need to tighten up a bit more. There were still some great performances from our defensive players. But if you're allowing more than 30 points a game you're going to struggle to win anything. The target is 20 points allowed per game this year and I think that's achievable from what I saw out there.

4. What is something you'd like to see your team improve over what they did in the preseason?

Like I just said, we need to be more ruthless on offence when we're on top in games and we need to tighten up defensively. It was all there at different points in the game so we just need to bring it all together for the full 4 quarters. It's going to take a little bit of time for us to all get used to each other and the new systems but it will develop as the season progresses.

5. Who was your MVP of the preseason?

I'm not going to do that. I don't think this is the time to be singling out anyone. We had a lot of great performances out there on both sides of the ball. For us to be successful it's not going to be about individual performances but an entire team effort. That has to start from the top and filter its way down through the entire organisation. We'll be looking to the captains and veterans to lead that on the field and I think we definitely saw that from them in these games.

6. What is your season objective this year, and where do your see yourself finishing the season?

This season we want to see improvement and we want to be competitive. There's a lot to adjust to early on so what I want to see is a continual development as the season goes on and a strong finish. We think we have the pieces in place here to compete with anyone and a playoff spot is the ultimate goal. We think it's definitely achievable but it's going to take a lot of hard work for us to get there.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:55:20 AM »
That sounds like a plan then. Thank you Coach.

Both games:
Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Christopher Johnson to play HB and Tank Mixon to play FB in pro set formation as discussed.

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 27, 2018, 03:48:38 AM »
I'd be tempted to use Tank in the FB position in the Pro set and Johnson as the HB but increase the use of FB runs in that look. I don't know how well that would work, though. Might be worth trying in preseason and then we can revert back if you don't like it. I'd definitely want to see Johnson get some touches as I love the idea of giving defences something different to worry about. Is there another way to achieve that?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:49:44 PM »
You've covered exactly what I wanted there, thank you Coach. They sound spot on to me too.

What kind of back is Christopher Johnson? Does he give us something different? I ask because I had a lot of success playing 2 RB in the split back formation last year.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:26:18 AM »
I'd like to know how we've set up the passing game and the focus we're putting on our passing, running and TE. I'm happy to leave these things up to you but I'd like to understand them so I can judge performances and make adjustments if required later in the season.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 25, 2018, 03:19:02 PM »
Thank you coach, we'll catch up again after the preseason games. Could you send Coach Thompson up to see me when he's free?
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Coach, I read your report on our offence and you have me exited. I think we're going to surprise a lot of teams this year. I left the strategy decisions up to you for the training camp but I'd like to know what you went with so I have an idea of what we can tweak during the season.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:56:56 PM »
I'm glad you approve. It seems we have similar ideas as to how we want to run things.
The second question was about the roster. I think we look solid but are there any areas that you particularly worry about? Anything we need to address now?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:37:46 PM »
That's what I thought when I drafted them. Worst case scenario, they're both huge so will take some blocking anyway. I have a lot of faith in those lads though. I think they'll be a real asset to this team before long.

 Just a couple of additional questions before I speak to Coach Thompson. Firstly, what do you think of the strategy calls we locked into preseason with defensively? Are there any areas you'd want to tweak?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 22, 2018, 01:36:29 PM »
I'm pleased to hear that they're both working so hard. We'll put them in for both preseason games and see how they handle it. I'd like to do that with all of our starting caliber rookies. Speaking of... I saw Coach Door's assessment of the Peacock twins as individuals. What do you think of them as a pair?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 20, 2018, 04:00:44 PM »
Lolly, thank you for passing the reports to me. You've been a big help this off-season. Now the hard work begins, though. Could you send Coach Farmer to see me please?
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Coach, welcome back. I'm sure you must be glad to be back out there on the practice field. I'm very impressed with the reports I've had out of camp. I think this could be the best group of players I've started a season with. No pressure. I'm expecting us to make a real impact this season, though I understand there will be some teething issues during our transition to the new style and coaching team. On the defensive front I think we have some interesting decisions to make. Bostic and Moya, I'd be slightly worried about putting 2 rookies in together at safety but they look like they have the ability to start. I'll be interested to see how they do in pre-season. If the season started tomorrow, would you put them both in?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:46:50 AM »
Thank you for the reminders, Lolly. I have the details for you now.


Offence

Captains
Rizzo
Smith
Houser
QB – Rizzo - Hatton
RB - Mixon – Johnson - Whaley
FB - Schiller - Johnson
WR1 - Houser – Myers – Hightower – Henry - Pike
WR2 - Myers – Hightower – Henry - Pike
WR3 - Hightower – Henry - Pike
WR4 – Henry - Pike
TE - Herzog - Brooks
RT - Morris - Brooks
LT - Smith – Morris
RG – Jordan - Broyles
LG – Lee - Jordan
C – Si’Lo’Ha – Broyles

Training camp:
Morris – Run blocking
Henry – Hands
Rizzo – Accuracy

Defense

Captains – Stevens – Glass – Sean Johnson
LDE – Sean Johnson – Taco Tipton
RDE – Tipton – Keaton
LDT – Ryan Peacock – Luis Peacock – Keaton
RDT – Luis Peacock – Keaton
LOLB – Zepeda – Lucas Johnson - Schofield
MLB – Stevens – Zepeda – Lucas Johnson
ROLB – Lucas Johnson – Schofield
CB1 – Glass – Jeffries – Blais
CB2 – Jeffries – Blais
CB3 – Blais - Moya
FS – Morrell – Moya
SS – Bostic – Malloy

Training camp:
Bostic – tackling
Moya – hands
Tipton – speed

Strategies
Offensive
Playbook: Balanced
Run: Pass 65:35
Featured back: Mixon
Primary receiver: Houser
Strategies: Coach’s choice

Defensive
4-3 Base
Blitzing Coach’s choice:
Strategies:
Attitude: (Balanced)

Focus: (Balanced)

Primary Coverage: (Mixed)

Defensive Line Focus: (Pass Rush)

Linebackers: (Coverage)

Player Radio: Stevens

Match CB to WR:  (Coach’s choice)

Kick returners:
Timothy Hightower
Christopher Johnson
Andres Henry


Punt returner:
Timothy Hightower
Christopher Johnson

PR

Corey Rizzo – 1m
Just Getting Started.
$750k As part of the partnership with Qantus Airlines a series of national adverts will be produced in which selected stars will take part in promotional stunts. There will also be behind the scenes clips uploaded to the DC Cobras Youtube channel. Rizzo’s portion of the ads will see him standing on the wing of one of Qantus’s largest jets with a series of targets set up on the other wing. Without being able to see the targets Rizzo will throw a series of passes over the main body of the plane and hit each target. The behind the scenes clips will show a few of the more amusing misses and show how spotters helps him to find the targets.
$250k Local TV spots and online videos showing highlights of Rizzo’s rookie season in the build up to the season with the caption at the end, under a shot of a determined looking Rizzo, reading “Just Getting Started”.

Tank Mixon – 2m
The Tank
$500k To create a TM-21 Cobra heavy tank on World of Tanks with Tank Mixon as a playable commander. The tank will have boosted speed and extra armor as it's perks.
$500k Tank Mixon will arrive at the stadium before our first home game in a mock up version of the TM-21 Cobra tank. Social media campaign set up around the arrival.
$500k A different tank regiment will be invited to each home game and have a meet and greet with Tank Mixon before the games.
$500k Hats designed to look like tanks to be given to fans behind one of the endzones.

Larry Herzog  – 0.5m
The Herz Locker
$500k Tongue in cheek short film for the Cobras social media platforms with Larry Herzog in what appears to be a warzone. He’s wearing military bomb disposal armour, minus the helmet, and looks like he’s nervous and really focused. The camers slowly pans down to see what he’s working so carefully on to find a football which he simply picks up and walks off with. As he walks off the title “The Herz Locker” comes up on screen.


Brett Myers – 1m
The Myers High Club
$1m To set up and operate the Myers High Club premium restaurant in the stadium. This will be made up to resemble the first class lounge of a luxury airliner. The restaurant will serve the finest food and wines. Myers will make brief appearances after home games to greet customers.

Timothy Hightower – 1m
The Quickening
$750k Hightower was the fastest player in his draft class so we will run a TV and online ad campaign with Under Armor called "The Quickening". Hightower will be wearing Under Armor training gear as he is challenged to races by a sprinter, then a cyclist, then a race horse. Each time he'll win and Christopher Lambert's voice will declare "There can only be one" and there will be lightning effects as he apparently gains additional speed. In the final ad he'll line up against a super car and we'll get a close up of him with a confident smirk. The Under Armor and DC Cobras logos will come on the screen with "The Quickening" tag line.
$250k a line of "The Quickening" merchandise and apparel. The logo for this will be an image of Hightower with bolts of lightning coming out of him.

Hector Houser – 4m
The Houser Always Wins
$2m Fan competition, in partnership with Qantus, to win a family trip to Sydney. In each home game a fan will be selected from the crowd if Hector Houser catches for a TD. That fan will win a signed Houser replica jersey and a chance to win the trip. During  a break in the game a throwing machine will be set up on the 20 yard line and the fan will have to try and catch a ‘pass’ in the endzone.
$1m Houser’s portion of the Qantus ad tie in sees him positioned a safe distance behind a passenger jet. The jet’s engines are on and a ball is fired into the exhaust of one of the engines from a throwing machine positioned nearby.  Houser’s task is to catch the ‘pass’ from the jet.
$500k Banners featuring Houser in uniform (minus helmet) in a heroic pose will hang around the stadium and on the approaches to the stadium.
$500k A line of The Houser Always Wins merchandise to be sold in the club shop; including t-shirts, posters, bobbleheads, etc.

Andres Henry – 0.25m
Introducing Andres Henry
$250k A video package will be put together of Henry’s college highlights cut into an interview with the player himself. Clips of this will be shown on the big screens before the first home game kicks off with the full video released on the franchise’s official Youtube channel and Facebook page.

Luke Morris – 0.75m
"The Force"
$750k A viral ad campaign featuring YouTube videos, banner ads , instagram posts etc. These will feature Morris dressed in what looks like Jedi style robes seeming to use the force to move heavy objects out of his path. These clips will be cut with highlights of him pancaking d-linemen and opening holes for the RB.

Makai Si’Lo’Ha – 2m
“The Power”
$1m Makai’s portion of the Qantus ad tie in sees him in close up with strain showing on his face. The camera pans out a bit to reveal him wearing a harness and then back again to show that he’s apparently pulling a Qantum branded passenger jet by himself.
$500k Managed Youtube channel, in partnership with Under Armor, where videos of Makai’s training regime will be posted along with clips of him giving tips on how to eat and some highlights of him dominating DTs.
$500k  Local billboards around DC showing Makai pulling the jet.

Taco Tipton – 0.5m
Taco's
$500k "Taco's" branded concession stands in the stadium serving Tex-Mex fast food and specialising in pre-mixed tequila based cocktails.

Sean Johnson – 1m
Big Johnson
$500k The Big Johnson foot long chili dog with all the fixings to be sold in Taco's concessions stands.
$500k Halftime competition on the field where fans will take on an eating competition to see who can eat the most Big Johnsons. The winner will receive a selection of signed Big Johnson merchandise and a T-shirt that says "I have conquered the Big Johnson challenge".

Larry Stevens – 2m
Hail to the Chief joint promotion
$1m  Joint campaign with Alfred Glass. Both players will film a series of presidential style ads throughout the season (all done tongue in cheek) which will be shown in the DC area. Voting booths will be set up on the concourse in the stadium for the fans to vote for their favourite each week. The winner of each week's vote will come out on his own after the other players to Hail to the Chief and will have an honor guard made up of the cheerleaders as they come on. Money will also be spent on banners for fans to put in their yards and buttons to support their favourite.
$1m Local adverts and digital billboards (showing clips from the ads) for a range of Under Armour training gear and pads with Larry's name and number on them.

Billy Zepeda – 0.5m
The Raider
$500k Tie in with the new Tomb Raider film. An online trailer where the villain from the new film is forcing Lara Croft to raid a tomb. When she opens the casket she finds a football and the villain takes it from her. Suddenly Zepeda comes from out of nowhere in full kit to smash into the villain and knock the ball free for Lara Croft to recover.

Alfred Glass – 2m
Hail to the Chief joint promotion
$1m for the Glass portion of the Hail to the Chief promotion.
$1m on digital billboards, online banner ads and other promotions for Alfred Glass branded gloves and boots.

Omer Sasser – 0.5m
“The Machine”
$250k Banners on the approaches to the stadium showing Sasser in uniform (minus helmet) with one of his eyes glowing red like the Terminator.
$250k Video showing a set of goalposts being set up by a body of water. The angle skips to Sasser lining up with the ball as he prepares to make a kick. The shot then goes to a wide angle showing the Washington monument in the background as Sasser is about to kick a FG across the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool (about 55 yards I think). Obviously Sasser makes the kick and to prove it’s done in 1 go the whole think will be streamed live on Youtube, Facebook Live and other social media. 

Music:

Fanfare For The Common Man - Emerson, Lake and Palmer. To play at the start of every home game as our players are about to come out onto the pitch.

Kiss - Prince. To play after every home victory as a tribute to the owner.

Lock In

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General Manager's Office / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: January 22, 2018, 08:47:38 AM »
The DC Cobras announce the following sponsorship agreement:

DC provides:
Advertising space within the stadium
Some players with PR in their contracts to appear in advertising campaigns
Fan competitions with holidays to Australia as the prize
Rights to use the DC Cobras brand in advertising

Qantus Airlines provides:
Flights and Australian holiday destinations for fan prizes
Funds to set up and run the Qantus Training Camp to discover talent in Australia

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General Manager's Office / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:00:06 PM »
DC contributes $1million to the Coach Recovery Fund.

15/24

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: January 20, 2018, 09:14:23 PM »
Lolly, could I speak to Coaches Farmer and Door please?
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Coaches, take a seat. I wanted to get together with the both of you so we could make sure we're all on the same page when it comes to running this defence. We're all coming from pretty much the same philosophy but i want to make sure we're all going to be working in the same direction. I realise we still have areas on this team that we need to improve on but I think we have some promising young players in some of those slots who will go on to great things in future seasons. What we need to do is to try and make sure we set them up in the best way possible to succeed. What we do have here is a talented group of corners, the best MLB in the league, twin monsters at DT and a pair of DEs that will do a good job for us. I think an aggressive defence with a d-line focusing on the pass rush is a good base from which to build, though I'm open to your own thoughts on that. Where I particularly want to hear your views is on how you want to use the LBs and coverage to get the best out of the system and our players.

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