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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 10, 2018, 03:56:06 AM »
We'll do that then. Thanks Coach.

Rotation: mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Brooks to TE1, Whaley to TE2

Extra training
King Carmazzi: film study 2hrs

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 08, 2018, 01:03:26 PM »
Fair enough. We'll bin that idea then. Thank you Coach. I'll let you get back to it.
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Lolly, could I see Coach Thompson please?
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Coach, well done against Long Beach. The offence has looked more incisive lately so I'm hoping the changes we made on defence are paying off. Now, with Herzog out for the season we need cover at TE. Brooks obviously goes to TE 1 but do you like a RB or lineman as cover at TE2? I'm thinking Whaley, Schiller or Broyles.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:34:49 AM »
Obviously we'll play Brooks at TE 1 but in the 2 TE formation I was thinking of using Schofield as the second TE. He has the closest build for a TE but how are his hands? Or is this just a terrible idea? My other thought was Taco Tipton.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:38:23 PM »
That man is just pure class. A great example to the rest of the team.

I'm hoping we can carry that positivity into this next game. It's a huge one. If we can beat St Paul and Cleveland I think we have the division sewn up. That's definitely made more difficult without Herzog. I'm going to speak to Coach Thompson about that but I had a wild idea I wanted to run past you. How much of a stretch would it be for a LB to play TE?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:39:24 AM »
I don't want to say too much on this as I don't think it's my place to talk about my former teams. My name isn't Jon. What I will say is that's it's been very disappointing to see it all played out so publicly on Twitter. I think what we have here is a failure to communicate. you can't say either side of it comes out well. Owners shouldn't meddle in team affairs and shouldn't really be criticising players in public. At the same time, the GM and players need to show the owner the respect owed to their employer. I had a few disagreements with Mr Profits during my time working for him but you in the media never heard about them because they were handled in private. That's where they'll stay too.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:55:22 PM »
S10 WEEK 12 / 13

1. Talk us through your Week 12 Game, What did you like, what didn't you like?

This week was a very good win for us. We finally turned our dominance into points and gained a convincing victory. Defensively we were very strong this week and put Long Beach under a lot of pressure. Keeping them to 3 third down conversions allowed us to take control and it set our offence up for the best performance of the season. Rizzo was almost flawless in his passing and Myers and Houser linked up brilliantly with him. Our run game was pretty much unstoppable, too with 3 TDs spread between 3 of our backs. It was good to see Carmazzi get out there for a few snaps and go 2 for 2 as well. Overall this was the kind of performance I've always known this team is capable of and I hope it will inspire the lads to the same again when we face our divisional rivals over the coming weeks. At 8-3 we're in a great position heading into the run-in.

2. What did you think of the All-Star skills challenges? 

It was something a bit different and a way for the players to show off. They seemed to have a lot of fun doing it and the fans seemed to enjoy it too. Beyond that I'd not read too much into it. I was just disappointed to see a few of the guys from the other teams taking the wrong approach to it and taking the whole thing far too seriously. Some ugly scenes out there that were simply uncalled for. I hope the GMs of those players are suitably embarrassed.

3. What did you think of the All-Star Game itself?

The game itself was excellent. A brilliant showcase for the league and one I thoroughly enjoyed. What I enjoyed even more was seeing our conference come out on top and the DC representatives showing the rest of the league how it's done. I do need to single out Larry Stevens though for his MVP performance. That's what we've been seeing from him week in and week out so I'm happy he was able to show those who don't watch DC football what they've been missing out on. To those fans I'd like to say that we have 5 more games to play this season so there's plenty of DC football left to watch.

4. With the Minor League Call Up Window here once again, do you plan on calling up any players?

The answer is the same this week as it was last time. I have no intention of calling anyone up and I won't have any the next time you ask either. These lads are in the development league in order to develop.

5. Talk about your game this upcoming week, and how do you feel about the final five games of the regular season?

This week we travel to St Paul in what is going to be one of the toughest games of the season. GM Gooch is a great GM and once again he seems to have found a way to turn their season around. Their victory against the Scorpions, a team that was almost unbeatable so far, was very impressive. If we're able to slow down their run and keep our backs protected we've got a good chance of getting a very important win this week though. After a 4-1 start we needed to go 4-2 to give ourselves a shot at the playoffs. 3 wins should do it now but that's going to be tough against the teams in this division. Still, I don't think any of the others will be looking forward to playing us and we'll be aiming to win every game from here until our season ends.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:00:43 AM »
Excellent, I knew you would. Could you please take this sheet down to Coach Farmer when you head back.

Rotation: mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Morrell to FS1

Extra training
King Carmazzi: film study 2hrs

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:30:36 AM »
Thanks Coach. I'll let you get back to work. No changes this week, other than Morrell for Moya of course.
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Lolly, could you please send a message to Eric Moya for me? Let him know we're all devastated to see him get injured like that in his rookie year, that we're all wishing him a speedy recovery and that the lads are all determined to make sure he has some games to play in the postseason when he recovers. Also let him know I'll come visit next week after he's had the op and time with his family.

Finally, could you ask Larry Morrell to come and see me please.
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Larry, take a seat. I'll try not to keep you long. As I'm sure you're aware, we're going to be starting you for the next 4,5,6 games. It was always a toss up between you and Eric for the starting spot at the start of the season anyway. The scouts said he had something special but Coach Farmer has been saying very positive things about you. I made the choice to go with Eric but these next games are your chance to prove me wrong and Coach right. I know you didn't want to get the opportunity this way but it's here now so I hope you take it.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 30, 2018, 01:34:22 PM »
That's very encouraging to hear. We'll just slot him in and keep doing what we're doing. Before I go to visit Moya at the hospital, I just wanted to ask some advice for the all star day. Ive picked all but one of our representatives. All I need to know now is who our fastest player is.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:49:06 AM »
That's the plan. Cleveland are still very strong, St Paul are having their classic second half bounce and Michigan have some direction again now. Even with Milwaukee and New Jersey struggling it's still going to be vital to win this week to set ourselves up for a very tough run-in. That's made a little more difficult by losing Moya for the rest of the season. I don't think there's much point putting him on IR. tell me about Morrell. Will we need to change the system to accommodate him or can he slot into the man coverage we run?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 29, 2018, 07:15:25 PM »
S10 WEEK 11

1. Talk us through this week's game. What went wrong?  What went right?

After a difficult road stretch it's good to have a few good wins on the bounce now that we're back at home. The fans have really gotten behind us and it's made a big impact on our performances and our season. Sitting at 5-3 two weeks ago did have me a little concerned, particularly as it came off the back of 2 consecutive losses. We're now 7-3 and tied for first in the division once again. We played very well out there this week, and we needed to against a team as good as Lincoln. As I said last week, I love what GM Wrong is doing over there in Lincoln and he's definitely building a team that will be competitive for years to come. When I looked at the schedule at the start of the season this is one of the games I had down as one of our toughest so to see us dominate the way that we did is even more satisfying. We got out to an early lead and controlled the tempo of the game from here. This game was won because of the way we were able to move the chains and by the way our defence managed to put pressure on their o-line and backs. We made a few adjustments to the way we defend a couple of weeks back and I think we started to see the results in this game.
As for what went wrong... not a lot really. Another fumble is a little disappointing and giving up a few big plays was a concern but that's the trade-off we're having to accept as part of our new approach. Overall I'm very happy with the way we played this week.

2. Talk about any news your team is involved in this week, as well as what other news stories stood out to you this week?

I don't want to fall out with the press but you lot are making that very difficult with the way you keep going after my star players. I heard those ridiculous questions you were asking Glass and I'm not surprised he walked out on you. It was almost as disrespectful as the outrageous claims about Sasser after the Seattle game. What's more, the attack on Glass just goes to show that there are members of the media who simply do not understand football or what it's like for elite players in this league and the pressure they're put under. What angers me even more, though, is that he didn't even have a bad game. In fact, I thought Glass performed well. 5 tackles and an intereception is a pretty good game for a CB in my view. Particularly when you also consider the injury to Moya during the game and the added pressure that put on the lads around him. People may point at Hodge's numbers in that game but let's face it, he's Michael Hodge. He's going to put up big numbers on anyone but, most importantly of all, Alfred Glass stopped him from scoring a single TD. I expect all of you to be more respectful in future if you want to continue to get access to my players.

The only other thing I want to talk about this week is the ludicrous contract given to the rookie this week. I don't care how good he might be in the future, if you want a contract like that you need to earn it through your performances on the field over an extended period. Again, you lot in the press are trying to inflate the market for 2nd year players by claiming that contract is going to change everything. It isn't. Teams have paid stupid money before, Seattle in previous years for example. It's nothing new and it won't change anything.

3. Talk about your game this upcoming week, what do you need to focus on most?

We host Long Beach this coming week. They're in a difficult period at the moment having just sacked their GM and having traded away key assets. That doesn't make this an easy game. They still have some quality players there and each of them will be fighting for a place in the next GM's plans or for their escape routes. It's very easy to get complacent against teams in that position and that's going to be the thing we need to focus on most. We can't sleep on anyone. If we can go into the divisional games at 8-3 and on a 3 game winning streak we'll be set up very well to make the playoffs. Slip up here and it's 7-4 with momentum killed. We definitely have the ability to win this game but we have to make sure we want it more too.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:39:03 PM »
Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:38:17 PM »
Fair enough. We'll live with it for now but I'll be keeping a close eye on it. I don't think there's anything else to discuss this week. Thank you, Coach.

Rotation: mostly starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: None

Extra training
King Carmazzi: film study 2hrs

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 24, 2018, 03:22:22 PM »
At least they weren't all on one or two players. I see your point but the problem I have is that we had 5 times the number of fumbles our opponents had. They we're playing in the exact same conditions. I'm not interested in excuses, I'm interested in solutions. This is a problem that spans more than 1 game. We got away with it this week but it cost us the previous week. Is this something we can work on in training or are we just going to have to live with it this season?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:18:59 AM »
We needed a win to keep in touch at the top of the division, particularly with Lincoln next up. 5 fumbles though. Absolutely unacceptable. Tell me about those.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 21, 2018, 07:14:01 PM »
S10 WEEK 10

Before I answer your questions I'd like to respond to something I heard in the GM press conferences last week. Apparently, I'm very disappointing here in DC and GM Jon seems to think that I have ruined his team. I'm really surprised that he decided to make the comments he did last week and I bet he's regretting them now after that shambolic display against Tulsa. Apparently we haven't capitalised on playing in a weak division either. I suppose going 4-1 against your division rivals, sitting one w behind top spot in the conference and on the same record as Jon's Seattle team is pretty disappointing. I expect better of my teams but we have plenty of time to make up for these things. As an aside, at the point Jon was traded out of here his DC Cobras were 4-4 and on their way to missing the playoffs for the second year running. I don't know why, after only beating us by 1 point at home in freak conditions, he thought he had the right to sit so smugly there in Seattle. I have to admit, I did take a lot of satisfaction in seeing the Tulsa game this week. I still hope Seattle make the Impact Bowl as I would love it, absolutely love it, if we had the opportunity to knock Jon off his perch on the biggest stage of all.

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

It was another game in extreme conditions this week but hey, don't we all love football in the snow? These games are a real battle and it comes down to who has the heart and the ground game to come out on top. When those are the criteria for a victory we're always going to be favourites. 216 yards on the ground is something else and seeing Tank get 138 of them off 28 carries was a pleasure to watch. He should be going to the all-star game.
We made a few adjustments to the way our defence operates and it seemed to have an impact this week, which is obviously very pleasing. We stifled a Music City offence that is capable of big scores and the penetration we were getting throughout the game was better than it has been. I still would like to see improved numbers in our forced turnovers but I'm sure that will improve as the changes bed in.
As for what went wrong, I can point to 5 things... fumbles. It's a bad habit that seems to be getting worse every week and something we need to stamp out immediately.

2. With the All-Star Rosters being announced this week, what is your take on the composition, any snubs or surprises from your own team?

I like the look of the East, though there are some obvious names missing from the roster. From our team I would like to have seen Mixon, Houser and McLaughlin or Sean Johnson on the team. I think all of those guys have done enough to deserve it. Dale Hardaway is probably the other name I think has been overlooked by GM Kirk. He's a hell of a player, a great leader and would have been an asset to GM Kirk's team.
Obviously I want to congratulate the lads who did make the team. Anthony, Makai, Larry and Alfred all deserve this recognition and I am proud of each one of them.

3. What news stories stood out to you this week?

The big stories that jump out from this week are the GMs well and truly on the hotseat. GM Black Death's sacking has to have a few people getting a little twitchy in their office chairs. The rumours are swirling around Pancho at the moment, but I think that's a little unfair. He's done very good things with Alabama and they are still a team you don't particularly look forward to playing against. After failing in the playoffs twice he had to change something and he decided to make drastic changes. I respect that, I mean I'm doing that myself here in DC. It's a big risk but had it gone well he'd be hailed a genius. I think the players have let him down so far this season and I hope the owner there can understand that.
The other news I want to touch on is The Cotter and McReynolds refusing to play in the All-Star game. I managed both of these guys and they were model professionals for me in Cleveland. Yes, I said that about The Cotter. These guys are up there with the best so the All-Star game will definitely miss them. I have to say I am very disappointed in both and I hope they use their free week to think about what being called up means to their team and their fans. I have huge respect for both players but they've let themselves down here.

4. Talk about your game this upcoming week, what do you need to focus on most?

This week we host Lincoln, one of the surprise packages of last season. I love what they're doing over there and I still think that's a team that will only grow in stature as the players mature. The lack of experience is what causes their inconsistency but they have the ability to match anyone in the league. We'll have to be at our best to come away with the victory. The key is going to be disrupting Bloom and keeping him off his rhythm while isolating Hodge as much as possible. If we can do that defensively I'm confident we can score enough against them to win the game.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 16, 2018, 03:29:08 AM »
No, it really doesn't. Thanks for your time, Coach. I'll let you get back to it. Could you take this sheet down with you please?

Rotation: Mostly starters
Run:Pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Dodds to return punts, Christopher Johnson to be assigned as PR2.
Base blitz ratio to increase 15%, other blitz rates to increase at the coaches' discretion.
Increase aggression on defence as discussed.
Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 15, 2018, 05:41:56 PM »
That's all we can ask really. You and those lads have been doing a great job and I think the midway point is a good time to pass that on.

I did want to ask you about the offence as a whole. What is your view on why we're not turning our dominance into points?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:25:49 PM »
We'll just make these changes for now then and see if they make the difference then. Overall I think we're doing well but I have very high hopes and expectations for this team. Thank you all for your input. I will let you get down to training. I'm sure I've given you all a lot to work on this week.
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Lolly, could i see Coach Brewster please?
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Coach, I hope you don't feel left out after not being called in with the others. The truth is, yours is the only part of this team that has been exceeding my expectations. Our o-line has been excellent all season and I'm sure much of that is down to the work you've been putting in. How are you feeling about things this year?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 15, 2018, 11:45:48 AM »
We'll use Dodds as the primary punt receiver then and have Johnson back him up.

Do you agree with my assessment of our offensive problems? Too many fumbles and simply having too far to have to drive downfield to score our touchdowns. Or is this a red zone issue?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:52:18 AM »
Excellent, thank you Coach Door.

Coach Thompson, who on the offence is best suited to returning punts? I'd rather not have Glass doing it if we have someone else suitable.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 14, 2018, 08:52:57 PM »
I definitely think it's worth giving that a go. The defence has been fine so far this year and the entire defensive coaching staff deserves credit for it. I just think we could get more out of this group of players. Let's up the aggression and see if we can put some more pressure on the opposition. Can I leave the details of that with you?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 14, 2018, 03:18:18 PM »
That all sounds very conservative. We can definitely take more of a risk than that. I trust our secondary to match up 1 on 1 with most teams out there. How high would you be comfortable with taking those ratios? If I said add 15% to the base ratio and adjust the rest up on that basis, using your judgement, would that sound reasonable to you?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 14, 2018, 03:14:12 AM »
I can't pretend I'm not disappointed. We have the players here to do exactly what I've described. We have two of the best defensive players in Glass and Stevens and some very talented support in Jeffries, Sean Johnson and McLaughlin and yet we're not getting the best out of them... apart from Stevens. We seem to be leaving the defending to him. We need to do our bit to put these lads in the best position to perform. We seem to be reacting defensively rather than forcing our game on the opponent. Don't get me wrong, we're not playing badly but it's time we were more proactive. We're 8 games in now so the excuse that we're still adapting to our changes sounds pretty weak now.

Tell me about the blitz ratios.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:36:03 PM »
That is the plan, Mr Kiss. We've had a couple of disappointing losses lately but I already know the tweaks I want to make to correct that. It's just a bloody shame losing to Seattle was one of those. The rest of our goals are the absolute minimum I'll be accepting from this team though. There's a very bright future here and I'm pleased I still have your confidence to guide us there. Thank you.
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Lolly, could I see Coaches Farmer, Door and Thompson please?
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That loss was pretty easy to explain. Turnovers, plain and simple. It's starting to annoy me that we give up so many and yet force so few. Coach Thompson, you're a running back man. I'm sure you've taught a lot of RBs how to hold onto the ball. I know QBs aren't your area of expertise but could you please find a way to teach Rizzo how to hold onto the football. If that means him carrying it around everywhere he goes that's fine. Whatever it takes to get him to stop dropping it. Beyond that, we're doing a great job of gaining yards but a poor job of converting those into points. This past week we had over 400 yards of offence but only 21 points. Last week, over 400 yards and 13 points. Against the Lynx it was over 400 yards and only 19 points. This week New Jersey only had 360 yards and scored 52 points... 1 point less than we scored with over 1200 offensive yards. Part of the problem is not exploiting our opportunities when we get them, and we need to address that, but the other issue is that we're giving our offence too much to do to get to the endzone. We're having to drive 80 yards, 90 yards to score a touchdown instead of 40 yards or 50 yards and it makes a huge difference. This leads me back into the point about turnovers. Turnovers don't just change the momentum of a game but they give much better field position. We need to find a way to improve that side of our game and we need to be putting more pressure on the opposing backs.

At the moment we have one of those bend but don't break defences. We're not giving up big scores and we're staying competitive in every game we play. We're also gaining a lot of offensive yards per game. These are very encouraging things and a great base to build from. I think we're in a position to take more risks though. Right now our team seems to be split in 2. We have a defence that's doing a solid job and an offence that's doing a solid job. What we need is a single team that are all working together for the same goals. This is how my teams play football. The defence needs to help us to score points by getting us shorter fields and even contributing some TDs of their own. Our offence needs to help the defence by giving them some breathing room, keeping control of the ball and by wearing down the opposition.

Now all of this is very easy to say. How do we make all of that a reality? I open the floor to all three of you to voice your ideas. Just two things, I don't want to hear any excuses or see any fingers being pointed.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 13, 2018, 02:14:52 PM »
S10 WEEK 9

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

This week really was a game of two halves. To be honest, I put this loss down to the schedule. Away at Seattle in the far northwest one week and then away at Miami in the extreme southeast this week. You can't travel further than that. We started slowly and I don't think that's too unexpected after that journey. We do our best as GMs to put our team in the best position to win but sometimes the League office makes that harder than it needs to be. I'm very proud of the way the team rallied in the second half. We almost pulled it back but just gave ourselves too much to do.

2. Give us an evaluation of the first half of the season for your team, who has stood out both good and bad?

The first half of the season has been pretty good. You certainly can't complain about a 5 week winning run. I'd say we're about where we expected to be at this stage. The o-line has been outstanding so far. As for the bad, I can't think of anyone. Look, this is a very young team with new coaches and new systems. It will take time to adapt but we've set ourselves up well with a strong foundation to build upon.

3. With where you sit in the standings, how do you feel about your chances of meeting your owners expectations and how do you grade your performance as GM, what about your job security?

I think we look very good for meeting the key objectives set by the owner. My own goals are always more ambitious and it's to those standards that I'll judge the team. I'd give myself a C so far. We have the players and coaches to be a dominant force in the years to come, however that's tarnished by my bye week error. That said, we got one hell of a player as part of all of that.

4. Who is your league-wide Mid-season MVP?  Who has been the most surprising under performer?

MVP has to be Anthony Smith. He's having another hall of fame season for us. Most disappointing has to be Carr. He revitalised St Paul last year but seems to be struggling for form this season.

5. Which of your division rivals has surprised you the most? How and Why?

St Paul have been surprisingly poor. I expected them to be top of the division but they're struggling. It does look like things could turn for them soon though.

6. With the Trade Deadline coming up this week, Do you see yourself as a buyer, a Seller, or do you plan to hold fast with what you have?

I'm done for trading unless I'm made an offer I can't refuse.

7. What is your opinion on the league's newly announced luxury tax rule, do you believe it is fair, and do you believe it will benefit the league?

It's about bloody time the league did something to correct their own mistake.

8. Talk about your game this upcoming week, what do you need to focus on most?

This one is absolutely vital for us to win. We need to look after the ball better than we have been and we need to get some pressure on the QB. Turnovers are key. You have to win that battle to do well in this league. Do these things and we win.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 07, 2018, 08:07:32 PM »
Excellent, that's just want I want to hear. If you play to the ability I know you have the city and the fans will love you in return. What they really want to see from their players is a desire to be the best and that you've left it all out there on the field. You all definitely did that last week. Keep working hard and there will be a lot more victories than losses. Thanks for your time. Could you take this down to Coach Farmer for me when you head back to practice please?

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

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 06, 2018, 03:33:24 AM »
I'm very glad that he did and I won't forget it either. It's a good thing he has you advising him. When I agreed his original contract I had no intention of leaving Cleveland so never foresaw this happening. I know there's a great QB in there waiting to break free and I want to help him do that. When potential starts to become reality you and I will talk again. Thanks Mike.
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Lolly, could you ask Corey Rizzo to come and see me.
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Corey, that was a tough one out there last week. Ridiculous conditions to be playing in. I know we lost but I thought you handled it well. A bit of luck was all that was needed to turn that loss into a win. I've liked the way you've led the team so far this year. How are you feeling in the current setup?

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: July 06, 2018, 03:21:00 AM »
DC are pleased to announce the restructuring of QB King Carmazzi's contract to add an additional year. DC also reinstates the No Trade Clause and adds a No Amnesty clause to Carmazzi's contract.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:28:41 PM »
Excellent. A pleasure as always, Amber.
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Lolly, could you get Mike Maker on the phone for me.
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Mr Maker, it's GM Dazz. I wanted to speak to you about your client King Carmazzi. I know he must be getting sick of being traded but I have a lot of faith in him and wanted to bring him here to develop with us. I would like to extend his current deal by another year and I'll add no trade and no amnesty clauses to his contract so he has that security he's been missing so far in his career. Is this something he'd be interested in?

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League Office Transactions / Re: HIFL LEAGUE OFFICE III
« on: July 03, 2018, 03:01:21 PM »
DC are very pleased to sign Omer Sasser to a new contract starting in season 11, on a 5 year deal at $6million and $1million PR.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:36:21 PM »
It never crossed my mind once. This is just an example of Twitter at its worst. You still have my complete faith. I'll let you get back to work. Thank you Omer.
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Lolly, could you get Amber Molina on the line please?
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Ms Molina, it's GM Dazz at DC. I want to talk to you about demonstrating our commitment to you client Omer Sasser. I'd like to offer him a new contract starting S11 for 5 years at double his current package, so $6million and $1million in PR.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:02:12 PM »
Right, I think we keep things the same again then. Thank you, Coach.
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Lolly, could I speak to Omer Sasser please?
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Omer, I won't keep you long. I just wanted to back up what I said to the press. Everyone here knows you're the man for those clutch moments and you'll continue to have our full support. Just chalk this week up as a bad day at the office. I'm going to speak to your agent this week about an extension but if there's anything else we can do for you just let me know.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: July 02, 2018, 04:45:32 PM »
At 4 and 1 or 4 and 2 I'm completely with you. I don't know if the reward is worth the risk at 4 and 4 in that situation. Doesn't really matter if I agree with you or not though. I pay and trust you coaches to make those calls and I'm not going to start second guessing you. I just wanted to understand the thought process there.
Looking ahead to Miami, they seem to be pretty similar in style to Seattle. Very reliant on their run so I think we set up the same way defensively. This is the sort of game I brought McLaughlin in for due to his very impressive TFL figures over the past few years. I saw Tipton out on the field early in the game against Seattle. Was that a match-up thing or is he still set to start in one of our formations?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:34:21 PM »
Yeah, I don't think there's much we can learn from that game. In different conditions I think we would have won that 9 times out of 10. It was just one of those freak games. Let's hope we don't have too many more like that. The turnovers were disappointing though. Rizzo has been pretty reliable for us so far so it's something we'll just keep an eye on for now. I'm hoping having King behind him as competition will help push him on. The one question I do have about this last game is about the decision to go for it on 4th down when we did. What was the thinking behind that?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:03:32 PM »
S10 WEEK 8

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

What can you say about a game like that? That was ugly. That was two teams out there just trying to get through what were some terrible conditions. We were taking on the wind and the rain rather than the Lumberjacks this week. We handled it pretty well and seemed to be in control for long periods of the game but, in the end, mistakes and bad decisions cost us. When you lose the turnover battle you're always going to be fighting uphill. The safety was the difference in the end, which is frustrating. You can't really judge too much from a game like that but there were still things to be positive about. Over 400 yards of offence in those conditions is certainly encouraging and 6.2 yards per carry is bloody impressive.

I suppose I'm going to have to discuss the fieldgoals. What disappoints me most about that is the reaction of a small group of fans who have decided to turn on a legend of this franchise. After all Sasser has given to this team over the years he deserves far better than that. You can't blame him for this loss. As I've already stated, there were numerous factors involved and we all played our own part. We can't keep relying on him to win games for us but I know that the next time we ask him to he'll step up and get it done.

2. Talk about this weeks league news, what stood out most to you? (cover at least two topics)

I think the first thing I need to talk about is the loss of Max Crowe from the HIFL. It's a sad day for the league to see such a passionate and dedicated owner forced to sell up. You can't condone attacking an employee like he did but I can certainly understand it. That franchise was looking at a very promising future before the mismanagement of a series of GMs put it firmly at the foot of the league. I'd not blame Mr Kiss for doing the same if I ran DC into the ground.

The other story I want to cover is David Jordan's win against Kansas this week. He's a kid I drafted with a great attitude and I had very high hopes for him. I think he has a very bright future so it was nice to see him get a well deserved win. I just hope he doesn't get too many more this season.

3. How did you feel about the first annual HIFL/NCAA Showcase?  Do you feel like it was a beneficial addition to the league?

I thought the showcase was a great addition to the league schedule, very entertaining in parts too. It allowed us to take a different slant on scouting and to look at guys we might otherwise have ignored. We saw some lads out there who caught our eye and we'll be looking to focus our scouting more because of it.

4. What was your take on the amount of GM errors that occurred during the bye-week?

I can only really talk about my own error. It was inexcusable and I have already apologised to Mr Kiss for it. I now offer my apologies to the fans and the staff for my carelessness. I usually have controls and systems in place to stop this sort of mistake from happening and I will be looking to strengthen those to make sure this never happens again. In the end though, I think the team came out of that bye week stronger. I brought in a group of lads from Cleveland with whom I have a great working relationship and they'll not only improve our team now but in the coming years too. In James Dodds we've acquired a kid with great prospects. I know people are saying I spent too much to bring him in but I watched his performances at St Louis and he reminds me of Eugene McReynolds. 4-78 and 2 TDs on his debut, 6-94 and 2 TDs in his second game, 3-131 against Rapid City. The fans are going to be very happy with the player we've acquired, I promise them that.

5. Do you plan on making any call ups this week before locking in?

No

6. Talk about your game this upcoming week.

We travel about as far as you can this week to finish the final leg of our 3 game road trip. At least the weather should be better in Miami. I set ourselves a minimum target of 2-1 for this road trip so we're going to have to cut out the errors this week in order to achieve that. Miami are a very talented team and come off the back of an impressive shut-out victory over Tulsa. Duke is a solid QB and they have a great clutch of RBs we'll have to work very hard to contain. Our defence has been pretty stifling recently though so I'm hopeful we'll be able to do exactly that. They keys to this game will be establishing our run, getting out to an early lead and forcing Miami into trying to pass on us. If we can do all of that then I'm confident we'll get the result we're after.

Any further questions?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:11:22 PM »
Excellent. Thank you for confirming that for me. Could you see that this gets to Coach Farmer for me please?

Rotation: Mostly Starters
Run:pass ratio: 65:35
Tempo: Normal
Strategy changes: Defensive attitude switch to Aggressive.
LB focus swap to Run Support
Irvin Schofield replaces Lucas Johnson at LOLB
Anthony McLaughlin replaces Taco Tipton at LDE
James Dodds replaces Hightower at WR3
Daniel Roman replaces Andres Henry at WR4
King Carmazzi to QB2, Fred Hatton to QB3

Lock in

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 26, 2018, 12:55:09 PM »
Thank you for clearing that up. We'll just make that change to the LBs then. I'll send the paperwork to you momentarily.
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Lolly, I'm getting a little twitchy since the cap violation. Could you confirm my maths please? I have us $250k under our reduced cap and right on the limit of players with 39. I don't want to get another penalty.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:31:04 AM »
We currently have our line focusing on the pass game, the LBs in coverage and our secondary in man to man, right? I'd want to set the LBs to run support this week but I'd worry about it all becoming a bit disjointed. If we do that would we be better off putting the line in a more balanced focus or do you think it'll work just making the switch to the LBs?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 25, 2018, 06:29:31 PM »
I'll let you all get settled.
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Lolly, could I see Coach Farmer again please?
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Coach, first off could you pass on my apologies to Coach Door? I had said I would speak to him again but I've made my decision now. McLaughlin will come in at LDE opposite Johnson. Tipton is still the future here but I want to make the most of this great start now. Other than increasing our aggression on defence, do you see anything we should focus on against Seattle in our next game? I can't really see a pattern in the way they've been playing this season. One week they score 40 and the next it's less than 20.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:43:03 PM »
That's the plan, Mr Kiss. Thank you for your continued support.
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Lolly, could I speak to the new signings please.
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Lads welcome to DC! 3 of you I already know. Dodds, it's good to meet you. Don't let the high price tag weigh you down. I paid what I did because I love what you've been doing in St Louis and I think you have a great future. This is the place to realise that. You'll be slotting into the slot to begin with.
As for the rest of you, I am very excited to have you lads working with me again. I wanted to bring each of you here to DC with me when I left Cleveland but Mr Profits is impossible to deal with.
King, I know this is yet another trade for you but this is twice in two years that I've traded to bring you in. I have a lot of faith in you and I know we'll see that player who dominated in college again. Daniel, I think you have a very bright future and I'm hoping to help you realise that. The two of you are unlikely to start this year but you'll get opportunities so I want you both to make the most of those chances when you get them. I know you both well enough to know that you will. I'll have a word with your agents in the coming weeks.
Anthony, it's great to have you here working with me again. I'm looking forward to watching you tear through o-lines again every week. You'll be going straight in on the left opposite Sean Johnson.

Again, welcome all to DC. We have a bright future here and I'm sure you lads will be a big part of it.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:31:29 AM »
Lolly, could I speak to Mr Kiss if he has time please?
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Mr Kiss, thank you for taking the time to see me. I wanted to apologise for the mess I made. It was extremely careless of me and a mistake I usually have controls in place to prevent. There's no excusing such a basic error though. However, I think I have things resolved and that the team is actually coming out of this stronger. McLaughlin will add penetration to our line, carmazzi will provide extra security behind Rizzo, Dodds is a superstar in the making and Roman is a talented kid with a great attitude. The whole thing has cost more than I wanted but I think we're still in a very good place.

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High Impact Football League Information / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:15:33 AM »
Sean Johnson is no longer on the trade block.

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High Impact Football League Information / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:13:04 AM »
St Louis gets:
WR Timothy Hightower
S11 DC 1st round pick
S11 Milwaukee 3rd round pick

DC gets:
WR James Dodds

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High Impact Football League Information / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:26:58 PM »
It seems I need to accelerate my plans and offer DE Sean Johnson, reluctantly, for trade. Looking for draft picks only. I'm not desperate so don't take the piss.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:05:47 PM »
I was sure I was $250k under the cap and I checked it more than once. I have seen my error though. Daniel Roman is on $2.5m and not the $2m I first read. Very careless of me and it won't happen again. I will see to resolving the problem immediately and thank the league for bringing this to my attention.
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Well Coach, this conversation may have to wait while I sort out my own bloody mess. Rank idiocy really. Thank you, Coach. We'll talk again when I have things in order once more. Don't worry, I have a plan.

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:04:29 PM »
Well let's get him in the lineup next week then and see how he does. Thank you for the input, Coach. You've given me plenty to think about. No gimmicks this week. Just work them hard like we always do. I'll let you get back to it.
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Lolly, could you ask Coach Door to come up and see me please?
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Coach, I'm sure you've seen the trade. I thought this week would be a good time to do it as it gives the new lads a chance to settle. The only one I'm sure you're interested in is Anthony McLaughlin. Obviously I know him well. He was the unsung hero on that Cleveland defensive line in my time there so I'm very pleased to be bringing him here to DC. You said you like to use the DEs for your pass rush and you won't find many better than him in the league. The question is about how to use him on our line. He was always on the left for me, which is obviously Taco's slot. For me, I'd like to use McLaughlin and Johnson together this year and give Taco another year to develop but I'd like your opinion on that.

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High Impact Football League Information / Re: TRADE DISCUSSIONS
« on: June 21, 2018, 03:33:47 AM »
Cleveland receives:
WR Andres Henry
DE Carl McConnell (from Richmond Ruckus. Assign to Cleveland Mustangs)
DC S11 3rd round draft pick
DC S11 4th round draft pick

DC receives:
DE Anthony McLaughlin
WR Daniel Roman
QB King Carmazzi (Cleveland retain $3m salary)

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 20, 2018, 05:48:21 PM »
I've been thinking that myself. How does Schofield compare to Johnson? How would you want to slot him in?

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General Manager's Office / Re: TEAM : DC COBRAS
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:23:57 PM »
I'm happy to stick with man to man as we seem to have reduced the number of big plays we're allowing since making that switch. Let's increase the aggression and see how that impacts on things. I realise it will increase the risk of giving up big plays again but we need to be putting the opposition under more pressure in order to win the ball higher up the field for our offence.
Moving on to the final part of the defence, the LBs. We all know how good Stevens is but what do you make of the others? You talk about the athleticism of the LB corps but is that the influence of Stevens just being that good?

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